Brahmin

[brah-min]
noun, plural Brah·min, Brah·mins.
  1. Hinduism. Brahman1(def 1).
  2. (especially in New England) a person usually from an old, respected family who, because of wealth and social position, wields considerable social, economic, and political power.
  3. a person who is intellectually or socially aloof.
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a Brahmin: the Brahmin attitudes of a true aristocrat.

Origin of Brahmin

First recorded in 1475–85; variant of Brahman1
Related formsBrah·min·ic [brah-min-ik] /brɑˈmɪn ɪk/, Brah·min·i·cal, adjectivenon-Brah·min·ic, adjectivenon-Brah·min·i·cal, adjectiveun-Brah·min·i·cal, adjective
Can be confusedBrahman Brahmin
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Contemporary Examples of brahmin

  • I didn't realize that in part they were an engine for perpetuating the Brahmin class of New England.

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Historical Examples of brahmin


British Dictionary definitions for brahmin

Brahmin

noun plural -min or -mins
  1. the older spelling of Brahman (def. 1)
  2. (in the US) a highly intelligent or socially exclusive person, esp a member of one of the older New England families
  3. an intellectual or social snob
Derived FormsBrahminic or Brahminical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for brahmin
n.

"member of Boston's upper class," 1823, figurative use of Brahman "member of the highest priestly Hindu caste," late 15c., from Sanskrit brahmana-s, from brahman- "prayer," also "the universal soul, the Absolute," of uncertain origin. Related to Brahma.

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