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Vais·ya

 (vī′shə, vīsh′yə)
n.
A member of the second-lowest of the four major castes of traditional Indian society, comprising farmers, herders, merchants, and businessmen.
adj.
Of or relating to the class of Vaisyas.

[Sanskrit vaiśyaḥ, settler, homesteader, from viśaḥ, house; see weik- in Indo-European roots.]

Vaisya

(ˈvaɪsjə; ˈvaɪʃjə)
n
(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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
Hindoo, Hindu, Hindustani - a native or inhabitant of Hindustan or India
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
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