Vaishya

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

Definition of Vaishya

: 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


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