Definition: Brahmin

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Anglicized from Sanskrit.


  1. a Hindu priestly caste; one of the four varnas or social groups based on occupation in ancient Hindu society
  2. one who has realized or attempts to realize Brahman, i.e. God or supreme knowledge
  3. scholar, teacher, priest, intellectual, researcher, scientist, knowledge-seeker, or knowledge worker
  4. social and cultural elite, especially in the New England region of the USA
  5. a learned person of refined taste and mild manners


  • brahmana

Related terms

  • Boston brahmin


  1. of or relating to the caste of brahmins
  2. scholarly


  • brahminic
  • brahminical


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