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noun (sometimes lowercase) Hinduism. (in southern India)
  1. a holy person of the Vaishnava sect.
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Origin of Alvar

< Tamil āl̤vār, derivative of ār̤- sink, be absorbed (as in contemplation)
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Historical Examples of alvar

  • Alvar rushes through the Moors and catches him in his arms.'

    The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • And is not Alvar the youth who is in such good humour, and who is laughing with her?

    The Cid Campeador

    Antonio de Trueba

  • To recover they were fain, But now did Alvar Fañez on their rearward fall amain.

    The Lay of the Cid

    R. Selden Rose

  • The dames and Alvar Fañez, the tears flowed from their eyes.

    The Lay of the Cid

    R. Selden Rose

  • "We been going away from the right one all the time," said Alvar.

    To Each His Star

    Bryce Walton