brahmin Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a member of a social and cultural elite (especially a descendant of an old New England family)
    • a Boston brahman
  2. noun a member of the highest of the four Hindu varnas
    • originally all brahmans were priests
  3. noun the highest of the four varnas: the priestly or sacerdotal category
  4. noun 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
    Brahman; Bos indicus; Brahma.


Brah"man, Brah"min noun (Also<
  • Brahman
  • Brahmin
Skr. Brahmana (cf. Brahman worship, holiness; the God Brahma, also Brahman): cf. F. Brahmane, Brachmane, Bramine, L. Brachmanae, -manes, -mani, pl., Gr. , pl.
plural Brahmans, Brahmins
  1. A person of the highest or sacerdotal caste among the Hindoos.

Webster 1913