Vaishya

noun Vaish·ya \ˈvīsh-yə, ˈvī-shə\
variants: or

Vaisya

\ˈvīsh-yə, ˈvī-shə\

Definition of Vaishya

  1. :  a Hindu of an upper caste traditionally assigned to commercial and agricultural occupations

Origin and Etymology of vaishya

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


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