Caste meaning

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A social class separated from others by distinctions of hereditary rank, profession, or wealth.
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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.
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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.

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Any of the hereditary social classes and subclasses of South Asian societies.
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A separate and fixed order or class of persons in society who chiefly associate with each other.
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(hereditary class of India): Brahmin, Kshatriya, Shudra, Vaishya, varna.
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A specialized group carrying out a specific function within a colony of social insects. For example, in an ant colony, members of the caste of workers forage for food outside the colony or tend eggs and larvae, while the members of the caste of soldiers, often larger with stronger jaws, are responsible for defense of the colony.
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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.
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Any of the distinct, hereditary Hindu social classes, each traditionally, but no longer officially, excluded from social dealings with the others.
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Any exclusive and restrictive social or occupational class or group.
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Rigid class distinction based on birth, wealth, etc., operating as a social system or principle.
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Any of the differentiated types of individuals in a colony of social insects.
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lose caste
  • To lose social status or position.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

lose caste

Origin of caste

  • Spanish casta race and Portuguese casta race, caste both from feminine of casto pure from Latin castus kes- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Portuguese or Spanish casta (“lineage, breed, race”), of uncertain origin. The OED derives it from Portuguese casto (“chaste”), from Latin castus. Coromines (1987) argues instead for a hypothetical Gothic form * (kasts), cognate with English cast, from Proto-Germanic *kastuz
    From Wiktionary