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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

castekæst, kɑst(n.)

  1. any of the hereditary social divisions of traditional Hindu society, as the Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaisya, and Shudra.

    Category: Eastern Religions

  2. an endogamous social group limited to persons of the same hereditary rank, occupation, economic position, etc., and having distinctive mores.

    Category: Sociology

  3. any rigid system of social distinctions.

    Category: Sociology

  4. social position conferred upon one by a caste system:

    to lose caste.

    Category: Sociology

  5. one of the distinct forms among polymorphous social insects, performing a specialized function in the colony, as a queen, worker, or soldier.

    Category: Entomology

Origin of caste:

1545–55; < Pg casta race, breed < L castus pure, chaste

Princeton's WordNet

  1. caste(noun)

    social status or position conferred by a system based on class

    "lose caste by doing work beneath one's station"

  2. caste(noun)

    (Hinduism) a hereditary social class among Hindus; stratified according to ritual purity

  3. caste(noun)

    a social class separated from others by distinctions of hereditary rank or profession or wealth

  4. caste(noun)

    in some social insects (such as ants) a physically distinct individual or group of individuals specialized to perform certain functions in the colony

Wiktionary

  1. caste(Noun)

    Any of the hereditary social classes and subclasses of South Asian societies.

  2. Origin: From or casta, of uncertain origin. The OED derives it from casto, from castus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Caste(noun)

    one of the hereditary classes into which the Hindoos are divided according to the laws of Brahmanism

  2. Caste(noun)

    a separate and fixed order or class of persons in society who chiefly hold intercourse among themselves

Freebase

  1. Caste

    Caste is a form of social stratification characterized by endogamy, hereditary transmission of a style of life which often includes an occupation, ritual status in a hierarchy, and customary social interaction and exclusion based on cultural notions of purity and pollution. Its paradigmatic ethnographic example is the division of India's Hindu society into rigid social groups, with roots in India's ancient history and persisting until today. However, the economic significance of the caste system in India has been declining as a result of urbanization and affirmative action programs. A subject of much scholarship by sociologists and anthropologists, the Hindu caste system is sometimes used as an analogical basis for the study of caste-like social divisions existing outside Hinduism and India. According to UNICEF and Human Rights Watch, caste discrimination affects an estimated 250 million people worldwide.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Caste

    rank in society of an exclusive nature due to birth or origin, such as prevails among the Hindus especially. Among them there are originally two great classes, the twice-born and the once-born, i. e. those who have passed through a second birth, and those who have not; of the former there are three grades, Brahmans, or the priestly caste, from the mouth of Brahma; Kshatriyas, or the soldier caste, from the hands of Brahma; and Vaisyas, or the agricultural caste, from the feet of Brahma; while the latter are of one rank and are menial to the other, called Sudras, earth-born all; notwithstanding which distinction often members of the highest class sink socially to the lowest level, and members of the lowest rise socially to the highest.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. caste

    A Chinese Wall that deprives you of the society of sensible people.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

caste(noun)

a social class especially in India

the lowest caste; (also adjective) the caste system.

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