Definition of Brahmin in US English:



  • 1

    variant spelling of Brahman
  • 2US A socially or culturally superior person, especially a member of the upper classes from New England.

    ‘he did not talk like the son of a New England Brahmin’
    as modifier ‘a verbal style filched from one of her Brahmin bosses’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Is the New Yorker part of the old pre-Roosevelt world of Brahmins and mavens?’
    • ‘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.’
    intelligent person, learned person, highbrow, academic, bookworm, bookish person, man of letters, woman of letters, bluestocking, thinker, brain, scholar, sage
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