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  1. social status or position conferred by a system based on class; "lose caste by doing work beneath one's station" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (Hindu) a hereditary social class stratified according to ritual purity Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a social class separated from others by distinctions of hereditary rank or profession or wealth Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. (Hinduism) a hereditary social class among Hindus; stratified according to ritual purity Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. One of the hereditary classes into which the Hindoos are divided according to the laws of Brahmanism. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A separate and fixed order or class of persons in society who chiefly hold intercourse among themselves. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A stratum of people with similar position and prestige; includes social stratification. Social class is measured by criteria such as education, occupation, and income. Medical Dictionary DB
  8. One of the hereditary divisions of society into which Hindus are restricted by Brahman religious law; any similar division of society. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. One of the classes into which society in India is divided: any class of society which keeps itself a part from the rest. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. A class of society, esp. in India. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. A hereditary social class, as one of those found in Hindustan. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Among the Hindus, rank in society of an exclusive nature, due to birth; rank of an exclusive nature generally. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. A name applied to each of the four classes into which the Hindoos are divided; a class or circle of persons in any community who chiefly hold intercourse within their own limits. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. One of the distinct forms found among certain social insects. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  15. [Latin] One of the distinct forms found among certain social insects. na
  16. One of the hereditary classes into which the Hindu are divided according to the laws of Brahmanism. dictgcide_fs
  17. käst, n. a term applied chiefly to distinct classes or sections of society in India, and, in a modified sense, to social distinctions of an exclusive nature among other nations.--LOSE CASTE, to descend in social rank. [A name given by the Portuguese to the classes of people in India; Port. casta, breed, race.--L. castus, pure, unmixed.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  18. A name given, by the Portuguese in India, to classes of society, divided according to occupations, which have remained distinct from the earliest times. Hence a separate and fixed order or class. See Half-caste. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  19. Indian hereditary class, with members socially equal, united in religion, & usu. following same trade, having no social intercourse with persons of other cc.; hereditary more or less exclusive class elsewhere; this system, the position it confers (lose, renounce, c., descend in social scale). Hence casteless a. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  20. [Sp., Port.] A name denoting the hereditary classes into which the population of Hindustan is divided. According to the book containing the ordinances of Menu, the four castes sprang severally from the mouth, arm, thigh, and foot of Brahma. These are (1) the Brahmans; (2) the Kshatryas, or warriors; (3) the Vaisyas, or merchants; and (4) the Sudras, or tillers of the soil. But the Sudras were properly outcasts, the Aryan conquerors of India belonging to the three castes only. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  21. n. [French] An order or class;—one of the four hereditary classes into which society in India is divided. Cabinet Dictionary

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