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Ksha·tri·ya

 (kə-shăt′rē-ə, -chăt′-)
n.
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.
adj.
Of or relating to the caste of Kshatriyas.

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

Kshatriya

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

Kshat•ri•ya

(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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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So the troops that were assembled to fight the armies of Mahmud of Ghazni were all taken from non-Aryan populations, and made honorary members of the Kshattriya, or warrior caste, and allowed to wear their battledress and emblems.
For example, Buddha, who is now in Japanese temples and American museums, was a Kshattriya prince.