variants or Kayastha
plural -s
: a member of a high Hindu caste especially numerous in Bengal and Uttar Pradesh whose caste occupation is that of clerks, writers, and accountants

Word History


Sanskrit kāyastha, probably from kāya body, group + -stha standing, being in; akin to Sanskrit cinoti he gathers, heaps up and to Sanskrit tiṣṭhati he stands

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“Kayasth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kayasth. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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