Definition of caste
- art and religion have lost caste
- —F. L. Baumer
- soldier castes for fighting enemy ants
He was from a higher caste.
a member of the upper caste
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First Known Use: 1613See Words from the same year
: 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
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