Lingayat

noun
Lin·​ga·​yat | \ liŋ-ˈgä-yət How to pronounce Lingayat (audio) \

Definition of Lingayat

: a member of a Saiva sect of southern India marked by wearing of the lingam and characterized by denial of caste distinctions

First Known Use of Lingayat

1901, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Lingayat

Kannada lingāyata

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“Lingayat.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Lingayat. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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