WORD ORIGIN 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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British Dictionary definitions for swamies 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 swamies 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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