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Vaishya

noun Vaish·ya \ˈvīsh-yə, ˈvī-shə\

Definition of Vaishya

  1. :  a Hindu of an upper caste traditionally assigned to commercial and agricultural occupations



Variants of vaishya

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Vaisya

\ˈvīsh-yə, ˈvī-shə\

Origin and Etymology of vaishya

Sanskrit vaiśya, from viś settlement; akin to Greek oikos house — more at vicinity


First Known Use: 1665


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