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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 ?
What he foresaw was the defection of the great labor unions and the rise of the castes.
But we have not as yet touched on the climax of the difficulty; namely, the fact that the neuters of several ants differ, not only from the fertile females and males, but from each other, sometimes to an almost incredible degree, and are thus divided into two or even three castes.
At night his antelope skin was spread where the darkness overtook him--sometimes in a Sunnyasi monastery by the roadside; sometimes by a mud-pillar shrine of Kala Pir, where the Jogis, who are another misty division of holy men, would receive him as they do those who know what castes and divisions are worth; sometimes on the outskirts of a little Hindu village, where the children would steal up with the food their parents had prepared; and sometimes on the pitch of the bare grazing- grounds, where the flame of his stick fire waked the drowsy camels.
It occurred to me that a work of this kind might comprise a variety of those curious details, so interesting to me, illustrative of the fur trade; of its remote and adventurous enterprises, and of the various people, and tribes, and castes, and characters, civilized and savage, affected by its operations.
He stopped; for there shuffled round the corner, from the roaring Motee Bazar, such a man as Kim, who thought he knew all castes, had never seen.
There must be some very serious motive at the bottom of it, and some justification of no ordinary kind to plead for them, in recovery of their caste, when they return to their own country.
Sloughed from him was the last vestige of artificial caste--once again he was the primeval hunter--the first man--the highest caste type of the human race.
To imprison these men without proof, and starve their kindred, was no harm, for they were merely peasants and subject to the will and pleasure of their lord, no matter what fearful form it might take; but for these men to break out of unjust captivity was insult and outrage, and a thing not to be countenanced by any conscientious person who knew his duty to his sacred caste.
The change consisted in the appearance of strange faces of low caste, rather than in the disappearance of the high caste, chiselled, and otherwise beautified and beautifying features of Monseigneur.
Hunsden would as little have thought of taking a wife from a caste inferior to his own, as a Stanley would think of mating with a Cobden.
always the priest, never the man; everywhere caste, never the people.
Casaubon, who had declared beforehand that Will would lose caste.