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Hinduism. Brahman (def 1).
(especially in New England) a person usually from an old, respected family who, because of wealth and social position, wields considerable social, economic, and political power.
a person who is intellectually or socially aloof.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a Brahmin:
the Brahmin attitudes of a true aristocrat.
Contemporary Examples

Why Women Don’t Win Massachusetts Linda Killian October 14, 2011
Jay Leno Wins Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Award Samuel P. Jacobs February 3, 2011
India Has Been Singed Badly Raghu Mohan November 29, 2008

Historical Examples

A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 2 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
An Ethnologist’s View of History Daniel G. Brinton
The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII) Various
The Round Towers of Ireland Henry O’Brien
Religion In The Heavens Logan Mitchell
A Popular Account of the Manners and Customs of India Charles Acland
Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey

noun (pl) -min, -mins
the older spelling of Brahman (sense 1)
(in the US) a highly intelligent or socially exclusive person, esp a member of one of the older New England families
an intellectual or social snob
Brahmins [(brah-minz)]

Note: The name is often given to socially or culturally privileged classes, such as “Boston Brahmins.”


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