sub·​caste ˈsəb-ˌkast How to pronounce subcaste (audio)
 also  -ˌkäst
variants or sub-caste
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

Examples of subcaste in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Let Israel choose the words to describe permanent control over a subcaste of about five million civilians who lack rights and representation. Michael Oren, Foreign Affairs, 31 May 2023 Hybrid work could even effectively create a subcaste of employees for those who choose to continue doing their jobs remotely, career experts warn. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 6 May 2021 India remains a largely conservative society where most people don’t marry outside their subcaste, let alone outside their faith. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, 25 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of subcaste was in 1800

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“Subcaste.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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