subcaste

noun sub·caste \ ˈsəb-ˌkast also -ˌkäst \
variants: or sub-caste

Definition of subcaste

plural subcastes or sub-castes
: a caste that is a subdivision of a larger caste
  • The Hindu caste system is enormously complex, with thousands of subcastes grouped into four major divisions …
  • —Barbara Crossette

First Known Use of subcaste

1800

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