Definition of Caste. Meaning of Caste. Synonyms of Caste

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Definition of Caste

Caste
Caste Caste, n. [Pg. casta race, lineage, fr. L. castus pure, chaste: cf. F. caste, of same origin.] 1. One of the hereditary classes into which the Hindoos are divided according to the laws of Brahmanism. Note: The members of the same caste are theoretically of equal rank, and same profession or occupation, and may not eat or intermarry with those not of their own caste. The original are four, viz., the Brahmans, or sacerdotal order; the Kshatriyas, or soldiers and rulers; the Vaisyas, or husbandmen and merchants; and the Sudras, or laborers and mechanics. Men of no caste are Pariahs, outcasts. Numerous mixed classes, or castes, have sprung up in the progress of time. 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.

Meaning of Caste from wikipedia

- Caste is a form of social stratification characterized by endogamy, hereditary transmission of a style of life which often includes an occupation, ritual...
- The caste system in India is the paradigmatic ethnographic example of caste. It has origins in ancient India, and was transformed by various ruling elites...
- The Maratha caste is originally formed from the amalgamation of families from the yeoman castes in Maharashtra. Many of them took to military service...
- kept depressed by subjecting them to untouchability (often termed backward castes). Dalits were excluded from the four-fold varna system of Hinduism and were...
- The Scheduled Caste (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) are officially designated groups of people in India. The terms are recognised in the Constitution...
- Forward caste (referred as General Cl****/General Category/ Open Category ) is a term used in India to denote social groups that is ahead of other Indians...
- mainly consists of Brahmin and rajputs. There are two communities having Raj caste: Brahmins and Rajputs. There are Raj people who are Brahmins of Gautam gotra...
- the Vishwabrahmin, are a social group of India, sometimes described as a caste. The community comprises five sub-groups—carpenters, blacksmiths, bronze...
- Castes in Indian society refer to a social group where membership is decided by birth. Members of such local groups are endogamous, i.e. they tend to enter...
- Warrior caste can refer to; Kshatriya - a member of the military or reigning order, the second ranking caste of the Indian varna system Samoa's Toa cl****...
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