or swa·my

[ swah-mee ]
/ ˈswɑ mi /

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.


Origin of swami

1765–75; < Sanskrit svāmī, nominative singular of svāmin master, owner
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/ (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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Word Origin and History for swami



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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