harijan

noun, often capitalized
ha·​ri·​jan | \ ˌhär-i-ˈjän How to pronounce harijan (audio) \

Definition of harijan

: a member of the outcaste group in India : untouchable

First Known Use of harijan

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for harijan

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

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“Harijan.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harijan. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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