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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vaisya the third of the four varnas: the commoners or yeoman farmers or mercantile and professional category
    • n Vaisya a member of the mercantile and professional Hindu caste; the third of the four main castes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Vaisya The third of the four great original castes among the Hindus, now either extinct or partially represented by the mercantile class of Banyas. See the Note under Caste, 1.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Vaisya A member of the third caste among the Hindus—that is to say, of the main body of the Aryan people, as distinguished on the one hand from the priestly and noble classes, the Brahmans and Kshatriyas, and on the other hand from the subjugated aborigines, the Sudras and others, and from degraded outcasts. In modern times they are divided into many sub-castes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vaisya vīs′ya a member of the third caste among the Hindus.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Skr. vaiçya,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sans. vaiçyaviç, settler.


In literature:

The park (containing the whole) was the space of ground which the (Vaisya) head Sudatta purchased by covering it with gold coins.
"Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms" by Fa-Hsien
The mass of the people was soon to sink into the caste of Vaisyas and broken men.
"Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1" by Andrew Lang
All the kings of the earth, then, like Vaisyas, will, without delay, pay homage unto us.
"Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1" by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
The office of a Vaisya is not fit for thee.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 4" by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
The Vaisyas attain excellent state through gifts, hospitality, and religious acts.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
The Vaisyas, with the help of bullocks, caused the earth to be tilled.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
The office of a Vaisya is not fit for thee.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
Thus the Vaisya caste were in ancient times the tillers of the soil.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1" by Various
Agriculture, tending cattle, trade, this is the natural duty of Vaisyas.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
The common people loved Issa, for he lived in peace with the Vaisyas and the Sudras, to whom he taught the Holy Scriptures.
"The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ" by Nicolas Notovitch
A Sudra in distress may turn to a handicraft; and in the same circumstances a Vaisya may stoop to service.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
They form a class of the Vaisya caste, wear a peculiar dress, and are strict in the observance of fasts and in abstaining from the use of flesh.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various