Vaishya

noun

variants or Vaisya
: a Hindu of an upper caste traditionally assigned to commercial and agricultural occupations

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Sanskrit vaiśya, derivative of viś-, viṭ "settlement of a clan, tribe"; akin to Old Church Slavic vĭsĭ "village," Greek oîkos "dwelling, home" — more at vicinity

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Vaishya was in 1665

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Cite this Entry

“Vaishya.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Vaishya. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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