Simple Definition of caste
: one of the classes into which the Hindu people of India were traditionally divided
: a division of society based upon differences of wealth, rank, or occupation
Full Definition of caste
1 : one of the hereditary social classes in Hinduism that restrict the occupation of their members and their association with the members of other castes
2 a : a division of society based on differences of wealth, inherited rank or privilege, profession, occupation, or race b : the position conferred by caste standing : prestige
3 : a system of rigid social stratification characterized by hereditary status, endogamy, and social barriers sanctioned by custom, law, or religion
4 : a specialized form (as the worker of an ant or bee) of a polymorphic social insect that carries out a particular function in the colony
Examples of caste
He was from a higher caste.
<a member of the upper caste>
Origin of caste
Portuguese casta, literally, race, lineage, from feminine of casto pure, chaste, from Latin castus
First Known Use: 1613
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