Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of Brahman.
  • n. A member of a cultural and social elite, especially of that formed by descendants of old New England families: a Boston Brahmin.
  • n. Variant of Brahman.
  • adj. Variant of Brahman.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of brahmin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. etc. See Brahman, Brahmanic, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of the highest of the four Hindu varnas
  • n. any of several breeds of Indian cattle; especially a large American heat and tick resistant greyish humped breed evolved in the Gulf States by interbreeding Indian cattle and now used chiefly for crossbreeding
  • n. the highest of the four varnas: the priestly or sacerdotal category
  • n. a member of a social and cultural elite (especially a descendant of an old New England family)

Etymologies

Probably alteration of Sanskrit brāhmaṇaḥ, from brāhmaṇa-, brahminic; see Brahman.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • It portrays life of fourteen brahmin households, all living in one-room-houses rented out by a tough Brahmin window, Rangamma.

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  • The term Brahmin has come to be used globally to describe those at the top of the heap with an attitude to match, as in Boston Brahmins.

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  • A curry in Tamil Brahmin cuisine is a dry sauteed preparation, not involving any gravy.

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  • Btw - this to vnv - bagara baingan is a completely different and yes, Andhra dish, in a thick strong masala gravy that also uses tamarind, onions, garlic too - the last two very rarely featured in Tamil Brahmin cooking

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  • Kali and thalagam are a unique combination in Tamil Brahmin cuisine.

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  • --- So it means the self proclaimed superior intelligence of the Tamil Brahmin is due to the Dravidian genes mixing with them.

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  • The name Brahmin was used in Boston in the 1800s to describe a cultured person from an established upper-class family, and was chosen by the

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  • The name Brahmin was used in Boston in the 1800's to describe a cultured person from an established upper class family, and was chosen by the Martin family because they aspired to create a handbag of which even a Brahmin would be proud.

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  • Dr. Ram Bilas Sharma, an authority on Rg Veda in his book, 'Bharatiya Navajagaran aur Europe,' says that a study of Rg Veda would reveal that the word 'Kavi' (poet, composer) was used with deep reverence and the word Brahmin does not find a similar mention.

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  • I explained that in my own experience being "Brahmin" - and having a Metrocard - gets me on the subway.

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