1. 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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Contemporary Examples of jain

  • Both figures are, of course, involved with the spirit: the Jain is a naked ascetic and the Budhha always aims to transcend.

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    Blake Gopnik

    August 24, 2012

  • "Miscarriages at that age are related to chromosonal abnormalities—the egg gives rise to genetically abnormal embryos," said Jain.

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    Doree Shafrir

    September 13, 2009

  • One year later, at age 41, they reconciled, and the couple came back to Jain's clinic for IVF after she had had a miscarriage.

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Historical Examples of jain

  • Lunched near the Jain Temple, which contains most curious carvings.

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    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • Tīrthankaras are the priests of the Jain religion, and are also known as Pitambaras.

  • What was it to me whether She was Hindu or Jain—scavenger, leper, or whole?

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    Rudyard Kipling

  • This building must be—but ignorance is a bad guide—Jain in character.

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    Rudyard Kipling

  • The Jain Pagodas were thereupon, it is said, destroyed by the Jangamas.

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    Hargrave Jennings

British Dictionary definitions for jain


Jaina (ˈdʒaɪnə)

  1. an adherent of Jainism
  2. one of the saints believed to be the founders of Jainism
  1. 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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