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Meaning of CASTE

Pronunciation:  kast

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a social class separated from others by distinctions of hereditary rank or profession or wealth
  2. [n]  (Hindu) a hereditary social class stratified according to ritual purity
  3. [n]  social status or position conferred by a system based on class; "lose caste by doing work beneath one's station"

CASTE is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: Brahman, Brahmin, class, Kshatriya, position, Shudra, social class, socio-economic class, status, Sudra, Vaisya



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Caste\, n. [Pg. casta race, lineage, fr. L. castus pure,
chaste: cf. F. caste, of same origin.]
1. One of the hereditary classes into which the Hindoos are
   divided according to the laws of Brahmanism.

Note: The members of the same caste are theoretically of
      equal rank, and same profession or occupation, and may
      not eat or intermarry with those not of their own
      caste. The original are four, viz., the Brahmans, or
      sacerdotal order; the Kshatriyas, or soldiers and
      rulers; the Vaisyas, or husbandmen and merchants; and
      the Sudras, or laborers and mechanics. Men of no caste
      are Pariahs, outcasts. Numerous mixed classes, or
      castes, have sprung up in the progress of time.

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

         The tinkers then formed an hereditary caste.

{To lose caste}, to be degraded from the caste to which one
   has belonged; to lose social position or consideration.

 Definition: a social category in which membership is fixed at birth and usually unchangeable.
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