or swa·my

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

1765–75; <Sanskrit svāmī, nominative singular of svāmin master, owner
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British Dictionary definitions for swami

/ (ˈswɑːmɪ) /

noun plural -mies or -mis
(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
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