[vahys-yuh, vahysh-]


a member of the Hindu mercantile and professional class, above the Shudras and below the Kshatriyas.Compare Brahman1(def 1).

Origin of Vaisya

First recorded in 1785–95, Vaisya is from the Sanskrit word vaiśya Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vaisya



the third of the four main Hindu castes, the traders

Word Origin for Vaisya

C18: from Sanskrit, literally: settler, from viś settlement
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