- a group of Hindu castes in the Kerala region of India.
- a member of any one of these castes.
- of or relating to this group of castes or their members.
Origin of Nair
1580–85; < Portuguese naire < Malayalam nāyar members of ruling caste < Sanskrit nāya to lead
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Examples from the Web for nair
Nair women in Malabar seclude themselves for three days at menstruation and prepare their food in separate pots and pans.Balder The Beautiful, Vol. I.
Sir James George Frazer
Just as he was about to set off a large boat came to the ship, bringing an officer of the King, called a Nair.Notable Voyagers
W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
According to Nair, and even general Hindu mythology, there are certain objects which possess an inherent inauspicious character.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
We ain' have nair' pusson ter do no huntin' fer us sence yo' daddy died.'
The dwellings of the Nair and Teer people are pretty to look at, as they all have a small piece of ground that is well cultivated.The Humour and Pathos of Anglo-Indian Life