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A member of the second-lowest of the four major castes of traditional Indian society, comprising farmers, herders, merchants, and businessmen.
Of or relating to the class of Vaisyas.
(Hinduism) the third of the four main Hindu castes, the traders
[C18: from Sanskrit, literally: settler, from viś settlement]
Vais•ya(ˈvaɪs yə, ˈvaɪʃ-)
n., pl. -yas.
a member of the Hindu mercantile and professional class, above the Shudras and below the Kshatriyas. Compare Brahman (def. 1).
[1785–95; < Skt vaiśya]
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|Noun||1.||Vaisya - a member of the mercantile and professional Hindu caste; the third of the four main castes|
vaisya - the third of the four varnas: the commoners or yeoman farmers or mercantile and professional category
|2.||vaisya - the third of the four varnas: the commoners or yeoman farmers or mercantile and professional category|
varna - (Hinduism) the name for the original social division of Vedic people into four groups (which are subdivided into thousands of jatis)
Vaisya - a member of the mercantile and professional Hindu caste; the third of the four main castes