1. also Brah·man (-mən) A member of the highest of the four major castes of traditional Indian society, responsible for officiating at religious rites and studying and teaching the Vedas.
2. A member of a cultural and social elite, especially of that formed by descendants of old New England families: a Boston Brahmin.
3. Variant of Brahman.
also Brahman (-mən) Of or relating to the caste of Brahmins.
[Probably alteration of Sanskrit brāhmaṇaḥ, from brāhmaṇa-, brahminic; see BRAHMAN.]
Brah·minic (-mĭnĭk), Brah·mini·cal adj.
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