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caste

 (kăst)
n.
1. Any of the hereditary, endogamous social classes or subclasses of traditional Hindu society, stratified according to Hindu ritual purity, especially the Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaisya, and Sudra castes.
2. A social class separated from others by distinctions of hereditary rank, profession, or wealth.
3.
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.
4. 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.

[Spanish casta, race, and Portuguese casta, race, caste, both from feminine of casto, pure, from Latin castus; see kes- in Indo-European roots.]

caste

(kɑːst)
n
1. (Hinduism)
a. any of the four major hereditary classes, namely the Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaisya, and Sudra into which Hindu society is divided. See also Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaisya, Sudra
b. Also called: caste system the system or basis of such classes
c. the social position or rank conferred by this system
2. (Sociology) any social class or system based on such distinctions as heredity, rank, wealth, profession, etc
3. (Sociology) the position conferred by such a system
4. (Zoology) entomol any of various types of specialized individual, such as the worker, in social insects (hive bees, ants, etc)
[C16: from Portuguese casta race, breed, ancestry, from casto pure, chaste, from Latin castus]

caste

(kæst, kɑst)

n.
1. any of the hereditary social divisions of traditional Hindu society, as the Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaisya, and Shudra.
2. an endogamous social group limited to persons of the same hereditary rank, occupation, economic position, etc., and having distinctive mores.
3. any rigid system of social distinctions.
4. social position conferred upon one by a caste system: to lose caste.
5. one of the distinct forms among polymorphous social insects, performing a specialized function in the colony, as a queen, worker, or soldier.
[1545–55; < Portuguese casta race, breed < Latin castus pure, chaste]

caste

1. A system of class differentiation based on Hindu scriptures.
2. A rigid class system based on common acceptance of a religious principle. For example, the ancient Indian caste system. Castes were defined in the Hindu religion. Membership of caste depends on birth, and movement between castes is only possible in some instances through marriage.
3. Any of several social classes into which a society may be divided, usually according to wealth, profession, or hereditary rank.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caste - social status or position conferred by a system based on class; "lose caste by doing work beneath one's station"
status, position - the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society; "he had the status of a minor"; "the novel attained the status of a classic"; "atheists do not enjoy a favorable position in American life"
2.caste - (Hinduism) a hereditary social class among Hindus; stratified according to ritual purity
Hindooism, Hinduism - a body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India and based on a caste system; it is characterized by a belief in reincarnation, by a belief in a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
jati - (Hinduism) a Hindu caste or distinctive social group of which there are thousands throughout India; a special characteristic is often the exclusive occupation of its male members (such as barber or potter)
3.caste - a social class separated from others by distinctions of hereditary rank or profession or wealth
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
4.caste - in some social insects (such as ants) a physically distinct individual or group of individuals specialized to perform certain functions in the colony
bugology, entomology - the branch of zoology that studies insects
animal group - a group of animals
colony - a group of organisms of the same type living or growing together

caste

noun class, order, race, station, rank, status, stratum, social order, lineage Most of these people are from the socially-disadvantaged lower castes.
Translations
طَبَقَةٌ خاصَّةٌ عِنْدَ الهِنْدوس
kastakastovní
kastekaste-
kaszt
stétt
kasta
kastakastas-
kastakastový
kasttoplumsal sınıf

caste

[kɑːst]
A. Ncasta f
to lose castedesprestigiarse
B. ADJde casta

caste

[ˈkɑːst] ncaste f

caste

nKaste f; to lose castean Rang verlieren, absteigen; he lost caste with his friendser verlor in den Augen seiner Freunde or bei seinen Freunden an Ansehen
adj attr mark, systemKasten-; a high/low caste familyeine Familie, die einer hohen/niedrigen Kaste angehört

caste

[kɑːst]
1. ncasta
2. adjdi casta

caste

(kaːst) noun
a social class especially in India. the lowest caste; (also adjective) the caste system.
References in classic literature ?
CON tal que las costumbres de un autor," says Don Thomas de las Torres, in the preface to his "Amatory Poems" "sean puras y castas, importo muy poco que no sean igualmente severas sus obras" -- meaning, in plain English, that, provided the morals of an author are pure personally, it signifies nothing what are the morals of his books.
Estas diversas generaciones se representaban en cuadros y figuras de cera, con los trajes y ocupaciones a que cada casta se inclinaba.
El discurso de castas es un conjunto de ideas y concepciones sobre linaje y jerarquizacion social que, sin lugar a dudas, conforma un elemento indispensable para comprender la idiosincrasia y costumbres de las elites coloniales novohispanas.
Next, castas devised ways of avoiding tribute payment (for example, moving frequently) since it marked their inferior status, and sought to appropriate privileges reserved for Whites, such as civic participation in public ceremonies.
Ningun espanol aceptaria sobajarse asi ante los demas por temor a ofenderlos, porque alla nunca hubo una sociedad de castas y, entre iguales, el lenguaje directo no lastima.
La semana pasada nos trajo otra conversacion telefonica emblematica de la casta politica.
Cuando no lo ha hecho, es porque ha reproducido superficialmente los metodos de analisis anglosajones centrados en categorias actuales sobre raza, encontrando en los sistemas de castas coloniales evidencia suficiente para concluir mecanismos de identificacion sociologica funcionales a presupuestos teoricos contemporaneos.
Como se ha interpretado en varios textos, la novela citada narra la cena 1443 de la Familia de Juan Matias que ha sido instaurada por este patriarca como ceremonia para consolidar la casta de los Matias, so pena, de ser excluido del patrimonio economico, si no se cumple con este mandato ceremonial.
Dicho de otra manera, tanto indios como negros se agenciaban con los diversos--o posibles--sentidos de la casta, lo cual, al mismo tiempo, desestabilizaba las definiciones oficiales de la raza.
Alrededor de este fluido y complejo enredo de casta, secta y conversion, Banerjee y Dube ubican una religiosidad vernacula.
What this foregrounds is that far from being agentless victims, indigenous people employed the colonial casta "Indian" and all the social and legal implications of the term when it suited their needs.
Specialists in the art of Asia, Europe, or Latin America explore such topics as Chinese export porcelain for the Mexican colonial market, a foldout map of the Manila galleons and their trade network in 1610, the catafalque of Margaret of Austria and royal funerary rites in 17th-century Lima, sculptural replication in the early modern transatlantic world, and casta paintings and self-fashioning artists in New Spain.