Vaish·​na·​va ˈvīsh-nə-və How to pronounce Vaishnava (audio)
: a worshipper of Vishnu in any of his forms or incarnations
Vaishnava adjective
Vaishnavism noun

Examples of Vaishnava in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are for example people today who are half-Chinese & half-English devotees of Vaishnava Hinduism. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 14 July 2010

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Word History


borrowed from Sanskrit vaiṣṇava- "of Vishnu," derivative of Viṣṇu vishnu

First Known Use

1808, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Vaishnava was in 1808

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Cite this Entry

“Vaishnava.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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