an adherent of Jainism.


of or relating to the Jains or Jainism.

Also Jai·na [jahy-nuh] /ˈdʒaɪ nə/, Jain·ist.

Origin of Jain

1795–1805;Sanskrit jaina

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Jaina (ˈdʒaɪnə)


an adherent of Jainism
one of the saints believed to be the founders of Jainism


of or relating to Jainism or the Jains

Word Origin for Jain

C19: from Hindi jaina saint, literally: overcomer, from Sanskrit

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Word Origin and History for jain


1805, from Hindi Jaina, from Sanskrit jinah "saint," literally "overcomer," from base ji "to conquer," related to jayah "victory," from PIE root *gweie- "to press down, conquer." The sect dates from 6c. B.C.E.

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