swami

or swa·my

[swah-mee]
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noun, plural swa·mies.
  1. an honorific title given to a Hindu religious teacher.
  2. a person resembling a swami, especially in authority, critical judgment, etc.; pundit: The swamis are saying the stock market is due for a drop.

Origin of swami

1765–75; < Sanskrit svāmī, nominative singular of svāmin master, owner
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Related Words for swami

guru, mystic, yogi, sage, master, mentor, teacher

Examples from the Web for swami

Contemporary Examples of swami

  • While for some devotees there was no matter too trivial on which to consult him—“Swami Ji, should I cut my hair?”

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    The Fugitive Guru

    Ben Crair

    June 21, 2011

  • She just yelled at me and told me I had to go work things out with Swami Ji.

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    The Fugitive Guru

    Ben Crair

    June 21, 2011

  • In April, I met in Manhattan with Swami Nikhilanand Ji, a JKP preacher who studied at Barsana Dham.

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    The Fugitive Guru

    Ben Crair

    June 21, 2011

Historical Examples of swami


British Dictionary definitions for swami

swami

noun plural -mies or -mis
  1. (in India) a title of respect for a Hindu saint or religious teacher

Word Origin for swami

C18: from Hindi svāmī, from Sanskrit svāmin master, from sva one's own
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for swami
n.

1773, " an idol," later, "religious teacher" (1901), from Hindi swami "master" (used as a term of address to a Brahmin), from Sanskrit svami (genitive svaminas) "lord, master," from sva-s "one's own" (cognate with Latin sui; see idiom) + amah "pressure, vehemence."

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