- 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
Examples from the Web for swami
While for some devotees there was no matter too trivial on which to consult him—“Swami Ji, should I cut my hair?”
She just yelled at me and told me I had to go work things out with Swami Ji.
In April, I met in Manhattan with Swami Nikhilanand Ji, a JKP preacher who studied at Barsana Dham.
And you knew, right away, that Swami was a phony from Flatbush.
"Float me over that ash tray there on the desk," I said casually to the Swami.
The Swami couldn't keep the triumphant glitter out of his eyes.
This was probably not typical of the Swami's usual audience composition.
I sat down at the opposite side of the table from the Swami.
- (in India) a title of respect for a Hindu saint or religious teacher
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."