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 (kə-shăt′rē-ə, -chăt′-)
A member of the second highest of the four castes of traditional Indian society, responsible for upholding justice and social harmony, and including people in governing and military positions.
Of or relating to the caste of Kshatriyas.

[Sanskrit kṣatriyaḥ, from kṣatram, rule, power.]


(Hinduism) a member of the second of the four main Hindu castes, the warrior caste
[C18: from Sanskrit, from kshatra rule]


(ˈkʃæ tri ə)

n., pl. -yas.
a member of the Hindu royal and warrior class above the Vaisyas and below the Brahmans. Compare Shudra.
[1775–85; < Skt kṣatriya]
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Noun1.Kshatriya - a member of the royal or warrior Hindu caste
Hindoo, Hindu, Hindustani - a native or inhabitant of Hindustan or India
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These immigrants from Central Asia, having acquired a firm foothold in the Gangetic valley, knew how to send their Rishis and Munis ahead of them into forests and undeveloped areas occupied by indigenous people to domesticate them where it was possible, and prepare the ground for Kshatriya armed-action in due course.
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7) The four primary castes in order of social status were Brahmins (the priests), Kshatriya (warriors and nobility), Vaisya (farmers, traders and artisans), and Shudra (tenant farmers and servants).
The caste composition of immigrants was: Brahmin (priest), Kshatriya (warriors and rulers), Vaishya (business and agricultural caste), and Sudras (menial caste), which interestingly matched the caste composition of the area where Indians came from, which meant that more Indians from the low caste than the high caste came to the Caribbean.