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Noun: caste  kãst
  1. Social status or position conferred by a system based on class
    "lose caste by doing work beneath one's station"
  2. (Hinduism) a hereditary social class among Hindus; stratified according to ritual purity
  3. A social class separated from others by distinctions of hereditary rank, profession or wealth
  4. (entomology) in some social insects (such as ants) a physically distinct individual or group of individuals specialized to perform certain functions in the colony

Sounds like: cast, karst

Derived forms: castes

Type of: animal group, class, position, social class, socio-economic class, status, stratum

Part of: colony

Encyclopedia: Caste, Nepal