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From Gujarati ગાંધી (gā̃dhī, grocer, merchant), from Sanskrit गन्ध (gandha, perfume). Originally, a trader in perfume.


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Gandhi (countable and uncountable, plural Gandhis)

  1. (countable, South Asia) A surname from India used by Hindu, Jain, Parsi and Sikh people throughout India.
  2. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi, political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement, and proponent of nonviolence.
    • 2008 [1935], Il-sung Kim, “With the Conviction of Independence”, in Kim Il Sung Works[1], volume 48, Pyongyang: Foreign Languages Publishing House, →OCLC, page 101:
      No young Koreans in Jilin accepted Gandhi’s theory. No one was foolish enough to imagine that the outrageous and rapacious Japanese imperialists would hand independence to people on a silver plate, to those who advocated nonviolent disobedience.

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Gandhi (plural Gandhis)

  1. Someone living in accordance with the lifestyle or ethical principles of Mahatma Gandhi.
    • 2019, Matteo Pistono, quoting Arun Senkuttuvan, Roar: Sulak Sivaraksa and the Path of Socially Engaged Buddhism, North Atlantic Books, page 168:
      Sulak is eminently qualified to be a Gandhi in terms of his ideas, but not his lifestyle.



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Borrowed from Gujarati ગાંધી (gā̃dhī).


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Gandhi m

  1. Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi)


Gandhi m (plural Gandhis)

  1. Gandhi (any major political leader who is a proponent of nonviolence)