Lin·​ga·​yat liŋ-ˈgä-yət How to pronounce Lingayat (audio)
: a member of a Saiva sect of southern India marked by wearing of the lingam and characterized by denial of caste distinctions

Word History


Kannada lingāyata

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Lingayat was in 1901

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“Lingayat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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