Caste

Definition of Caste

n.1.One of the hereditary classes into which the Hindu are divided according to the laws of Brahmanism.
2.A separate and fixed order or class of persons in society who chiefly hold intercourse among themselves.
The tinkers then formed an hereditary caste.
- Macaulay.
To lose caste
to be degraded from the caste to which one has belonged; to lose social position or consideration.

Related Words

ashram, blood, body, bracket, branch, clan, colony, commonwealth, commune, community, condition, division, echelon, economic class, endogamous group, estate, extended family, family, footing, gens, group, grouping, head, heading, hierarchy, kin, kinship group, label, level, moiety, nuclear family, phratria, phratry, phyle, pigeonhole, place, position, power structure, precedence, predicament, race, rate, rating, rubric, section, sept, settlement, social class, society, sphere, stage, standing, strain, stratum, subcaste, subdivision, subgroup, suborder, title, totem
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