subcaste

noun
sub·​caste | \ ˈsəb-ˌkast How to pronounce subcaste (audio) also -ˌkäst \
variants: or sub-caste
plural subcastes or sub-castes

Definition of subcaste

: 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, in the meaning defined above

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“Subcaste.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subcaste. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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