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n. pl. swa·mis
1. Hinduism A religious teacher.
2. A mystic; a yogi.
3. Used as a form of address for such a person.
[Hindi svāmī, master, swami, from Sanskrit, being one's own master, possessing proprietary rights; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -mies or -mis
(Hinduism) (in India) a title of respect for a Hindu saint or religious teacher
[C18: from Hindi svāmī, from Sanskrit svāmin master, from sva one's own]
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n., pl. -mis.
1. an honorific title given to a Hindu religious teacher.
2. a person resembling a swami, esp. in authority or judgment.
[1765–75; < Skt svāmī, singular of svāmin master, owner]
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