swami

swami

[swah-mee]
noun, plural swamies.
1.
an honorific title given to a Hindu religious teacher.
2.
a person resembling a swami, especially in authority, critical judgment, etc.; pundit: The swamis are saying the stock market is due for a drop.
Also, swamy.


Origin:
1765–75; < Sanskrit svāmī, nominative singular of svāmin master, owner

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swami (ˈswɑːmɪ)
 
n , pl -mies, -mis
(in India) a title of respect for a Hindu saint or religious teacher
 
[C18: from Hindi svāmī, from Sanskrit svāmin master, from sva one's own]

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swami
1773, " an idol," later, "religious teacher" (1901), from Hindi swami "master" (used as a term of address to a Brahmin), from Skt. svami (gen. svaminas) "lord, master," from sva-s "one's own" (cognate with L. sui; see idiom) + amah "pressure, vehemence."
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