Vaishya

noun
Vaish·​ya | \ ˈvīsh-yə How to pronounce Vaishya (audio) , ˈvī-shə How to pronounce Vaishya (audio) \
variants: or Vaisya

Definition of Vaishya

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

First Known Use of Vaishya

1665, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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Cite this Entry

“Vaishya.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Vaishya. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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