- The definition of caste is a system of hierarchical social classes, or a specific social class of people.
- When you are of a high social status, this is an example of your caste.
- The Brahmins are an example of a caste in the Hindu culture.
caste definition by Webster's New World
- any of the distinct, hereditary Hindu social classes, each traditionally, but no longer officially, excluded from social dealings with the others
- any exclusive and restrictive social or occupational class or group
- rigid class distinction based on birth, wealth, etc., operating as a social system or principle
- any of the differentiated types of individuals in a colony of social insects
Origin: French ; from Portuguese casta, breed, race, caste ; from Classical Latin castus, pure, chaste, origin, originally , cut off, separated, past participle of carere, to be cut off from ; from Indo-European base an unverified form es-, to cut from source Middle Irish cess, spear
caste definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Any of the hereditary, endogamous social classes or subclasses of traditional Hindu society, stratified according to Hindu ritual purity, especially the Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaisya, and Sudra castes.
- A social class separated from others by distinctions of hereditary rank, profession, or wealth.
- a. A social system or the principle of grading society based on castes.b. The social position or status conferred by a system based on castes: lose caste by doing work beneath one's station.
- A specialized level in a colony of social insects, such as ants, in which the members, such as workers or soldiers, carry out a specific function.
Origin: Spanish casta, race, and Portuguese casta, race, caste, both from feminine of casto, pure, from Latin castus; see kes- in Indo-European roots.
caste - Cultural Definition
One of the four hereditary social divisions in Hinduism. Members of any one caste are restricted in their choice of occupation and may have only limited association with members of other castes.
- Caste has come to mean a group of persons set apart by economic, social, religious, legal, or political criteria, such as occupation, status, religious denomination, legal privilege, skin color, or some other physical characteristic. Members of a caste tend to associate among themselves and rarely marry outside the caste. Castes are more socially separate from each other than are social classes.
- During the height of segregation in the United States, African-Americans were sometimes loosely referred to as a caste.
caste - Phrases/Idioms
caste - Science Definition
left to right: worker, queen, and drone honey bees