One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1variant spelling of Brahman
2US A socially or culturally superior person, especially a member of the upper classes from New England.
intelligent person, learned person, highbrow, academic, bookworm, bookish person, man of letters, woman of letters, bluestocking, thinker, brain, scholar, sageView synonyms
- ‘For me, it's the voice of the New England intellectual Brahmin (despite the fact that Carter was born in New York): patrician, witty, a pilgrim in the land of ideas.’
- ‘Evans' commitment to Sacco and Vanzetti may be seen as the culmination of her evolution from Brahmin matron to social activist; however, the case had more complex implications for Evans.’
- ‘Is the New Yorker part of the old pre-Roosevelt world of Brahmins and mavens?’
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