Definitions for vaisyaˈvaɪs yə, ˈvaɪʃ-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Vais•yaˈvaɪs yə, ˈvaɪʃ-(n.)(pl.)-yas.
a member of the Hindu mercantile and professional class, above the Shudras and below the Kshatriyas.
Category: Eastern Religions
Ref: Compare Brahman (def. 1). 1 1
Origin of Vaisya:
1785–95; < Skt vaiśya
a member of the mercantile and professional Hindu caste; the third of the four main castes
the third of the four varnas: the commoners or yeoman farmers or mercantile and professional category
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