social status or position conferred by a system based on class
"lose caste by doing work beneath one's station"
(Hinduism) a hereditary social class among Hindus; stratified according to ritual purity
a social class separated from others by distinctions of hereditary rank or profession or wealth
in some social insects (such as ants) a physically distinct individual or group of individuals specialized to perform certain functions in the colony
Any of the hereditary social classes and subclasses of South Asian societies.
Origin: From or casta, of uncertain origin. The OED derives it from casto, from castus.
one of the hereditary classes into which the Hindoos are divided according to the laws of Brahmanism
a separate and fixed order or class of persons in society who chiefly hold intercourse among themselves
Origin: [Pg. casta race, lineage, fr. L. castus pure, chaste: cf. F. caste, of same origin.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
käst, n. a term applied chiefly to distinct classes or sections of society in India, and, in a modified sense, to social distinctions of an exclusive nature among other nations.—Lose caste, to descend in social rank. [A name given by the Portuguese to the classes of people in India; Port. casta, breed, race.—L. castus, pure, unmixed.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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
A Chinese Wall that deprives you of the society of sensible people.
The numerical value of caste in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of caste in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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- طبقية, طبقةArabic
- ذات, نسل, کاست, طبقهPersian
- જ્ઞાતિ, જાતિ, નાત, જાત, કોળી, ન્યાત, વર્ણGujarati
- जात, कुल, न्याति, वर्ण, जाति, वर्णाश्रम, खेतHindi
- カースト, ジャーティJapanese
- 카스트, 카스트제도Korean
- ജാതി, കൂട്ടം, ഗോത്രം, വര്ണ്ണം, കുലംMalayalam
- warna, kastaMalay
- ਜਾਤਿPanjabi, Punjabi
- каста, варнаRussian
- जाति, वर्णSanskrit
- каста, kastaSerbo-Croatian
- ورناشرم, نیات, جات, ذات, کھیت, کلUrdu
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