a member of the Hindu mercantile and professional class, above the Shudras and below the Kshatriyas.: Compare Brahman1 (def. 1).
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How to use Vaisya in a sentence
Vaisya, vīs′ya, n. a member of the third caste among the Hindus.
The Heads of the Vaisya families in them establish in the cities houses for dispensing charity and medicines.Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms | Fa-Hsien
In the city there are many Vaisya elders and Sabaean merchants, whose houses are stately and beautiful.Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms | Fa-Hsien
A Sudra in distress may turn to a handicraft; and in the same circumstances a Vaisya may stoop to service.
And a Vaisya, having earned wealth, should cause the rites enjoined in the Vedas to be performed for himself.The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 4 | Kisari Mohan Ganguli
British Dictionary definitions for Vaisya
the third of the four main Hindu castes, the traders
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