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 characterised 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 classification of castes. It has its origins in ancient India, and was transformed...
- The Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Indian Tribes (SITs) are officially designated groups of people and among the most disadvantaged socio-economic...
- "broken/scattered"), also previously known as untouchable, is the lowest stratum of the castes in India. Dalits were excluded from the four-fold varna system of Hinduism...
- The Maratha caste is composed of 96 Marathi clans originally formed in the earlier centuries from the amalgamation of families from the peasant (Kunbi)...
- agrarian community, forming a heterogeneous peasant caste. They are classified as a Forward caste in Andhra Pradesh, where they are the dominant community...
- owners of commercial enterprises. The community is composed of several sub-castes including the Agarwal Banias, Oswal Banias, Porwal Banias, among others...
- Forward caste is a term used casually in India to denote castes which are on average considered ahead of other castes economically and educationally....
- name. Vishwakarma are a social group of India, sometimes described as a caste. The community comprises five sub-groups—carpenters, blacksmiths, bronze...
- In India, a caste is a (usually endogamous) social group where membership is decided by birth. Castes often have related political preferences. Broadly...