Query on the term *mistri*

Jo Kirkpatrick jkirk at MICRON.NET
Fri Feb 27 01:13:14 UTC 1998

So did you mean to suggest that the word entered Telugu from English?

What I hope to find out is how the word came into Indian languages, and
from which probable language source (colonial, e.g. English, Portuguese,
French? or.....?)
 The word appears to be derived most probably
> from the word 'master' or 'mastery'. It is also used to indicate
> an expert in a trade. Thus 'tApI mEstrI' stands for 'master mason'.
> regards,
> sarma.

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