ha·​ri·​jan ˌhär-i-ˈjän How to pronounce harijan (audio)
often capitalized
: a member of the outcaste group in India : untouchable

Word History


Sanskrit harijana one belonging to the god Vishnu, from Hari Vishnu + jana person

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of harijan was in 1932

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Cite this Entry

“Harijan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harijan. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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