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Vaisya

[ vahys-yuh, vahysh- ]
/ ˈvaɪs yə, ˈvaɪʃ- /
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noun

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

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Origin of Vaisya

First recorded in 1785–95, Vaisya is from the Sanskrit word vaiśya
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Vaisya
/ (ˈvaɪsjə, ˈvaɪʃjə) /

noun

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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