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1. also Brah·man (-mən) A member of the highest of the four major castes of traditional Indian society, responsible for officiating at religious rites and studying and teaching the Vedas.
2. A member of a cultural and social elite, especially of that formed by descendants of old New England families: a Boston Brahmin.
3. Variant of Brahman..
also Brahman (-mən) Of or relating to the caste of Brahmins.

[Probably alteration of Sanskrit brāhmaṇaḥ, from brāhmaṇa-, brahminic; see Brahman.]

Brah·min′ic (-mĭn′ĭk), Brah·min′i·cal adj.


n, pl -min or -mins
1. (Hinduism) the older spelling of Brahman1
2. (in the US) a highly intelligent or socially exclusive person, esp a member of one of the older New England families
3. an intellectual or social snob
Brahˈminic, Brahˈminical adj


(ˈbrɑ mɪn)

2. (esp. in New England) a person from an upper–class family, esp. a family with considerable social and political power.
3. an intellectually or socially aloof person.
[1475–85; variant of Brahman]
Brah•min′ic, Brah•min′i•cal, adj.


A member of a class with high social and cultural standing, especially a member of one of the older New England families.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brahmin - a member of a social and cultural elite (especially a descendant of an old New England family); "a Boston brahman"
aristocrat, blue blood, patrician - a member of the aristocracy
2.brahmin - a member of the highest of the four Hindu varnas; "originally all brahmans were priests"
brahman, brahmin - the highest of the four varnas: the priestly or sacerdotal category
Hindoo, Hindu, Hindustani - a native or inhabitant of Hindustan or India
smarta - one of a group of brahmans who uphold nonsectarian orthodoxy according to the Vedanta school of Hinduism
3.brahmin - the highest of the four varnas: the priestly or sacerdotal category
varna - (Hinduism) the name for the original social division of Vedic people into four groups (which are subdivided into thousands of jatis)
brahman, brahmin - a member of the highest of the four Hindu varnas; "originally all brahmans were priests"
4.Brahmin - any of several breeds of Indian cattleBrahmin - any of several breeds of Indian cattle; especially a large American heat and tick resistant greyish humped breed evolved in the Gulf States by interbreeding Indian cattle and now used chiefly for crossbreeding
Bos, genus Bos - wild and domestic cattle; in some classifications placed in the subfamily Bovinae or tribe Bovini
bovine - any of various members of the genus Bos
zebu - domesticated ox having a humped back and long horns and a large dewlap; used chiefly as a draft animal in India and east Asia


[ˈbrɑːmɪn] Brahman [ˈbrɑːmən] nbrahmane m


Brahman [ˈbrɑːmən] nbrahmano, bramino
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