Definition of mahajan in English:

mahajan

noun

Indian
  • A moneylender.

    • ‘The targets were Hindu zamindars and mahajans, some of whom had recently started levying an ‘Iswar briti’ for maintaining Hindu images.’

Origin

Via Hindi from Sanskrit mahājana ‘head of a tribe or caste’, from mahā ‘great’ + jána ‘man’.

Pronunciation

mahajan

/məˈhɑːdʒʌn/