A member of the second highest of the four castes of traditional Indian society, responsible for upholding justice and social harmony, and including people in governing and military positions.
A member of the military Hindu caste, next below the Brahmans.
Of or relating to the caste of Kshatriyas.
The second-highest of the four castes or varnas in traditional Indian society: the warrior or military caste.
A member of this caste.
Origin of kshatriya
Sanskrit kṭatriyaḥfromkṭatramrule, power
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Hindiक्षत्रिय (kṣatriya, “protector of gentle people”), from Sanskritक्षत्र (kṣatrá, “rule, dominion, authority”). Akin to satrap.
Kshatriya Sentence Examples
But there are indications that at an earlier date the Kshatriya or warrior caste often became priests.
In origin, Krishna, like Rama, was undoubtedly a deified hero of the Kshatriya caste.
He was certainly so far connected with sheep that he and sheep and the Kshatriya caste sprang from the breast and arms of Prajapati, a kind of creative being.
Though he is a Kshatriya, the succession follows the local custom of inheritance through females; consequently his sand y of adoption authorizes him to adopt sisters' sons.
Thus," the prejudice against eating cooked food that has been touched by a man of an inferior caste is so strong that, although the Shastras do not prohibit the eating of food cooked by a Kshatriya or Vaisya, yet the Brahmans, in most parts of the country, would not eat such food.