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  1. an adherent of Jainism.
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  1. of or relating to the Jains or Jainism.
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Also Jai·na [jahy-nuh] /ˈdʒaɪ nə/, Jain·ist.

Origin of Jain

1795–1805;Sanskrit jaina
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  • Lunched near the Jain Temple, which contains most curious carvings.

    The Last Voyage

    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?

    Soldiers Three

    Rudyard Kipling

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

    From Sea to Sea

    Rudyard Kipling

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

    Phallic Miscellanies

    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
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  1. of or relating to Jainism or the Jains
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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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