caste

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Portuguese or Spanish casta (lineage, breed, race), of uncertain origin. The OED derives it from Portuguese casto (chaste), from Latin castus. Coromines (1987) argues instead for a hypothetical Gothic form *𐌺𐌰𐍃𐍄𐍃 (*kasts), cognate with English cast, from Proto-Germanic *kastuz

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caste (plural castes)

  1. Any of the hereditary social classes and subclasses of South Asian societies.
  2. A separate and fixed order or class of persons in society who chiefly associate with each other.
    • Macaulay
      The tinkers then formed an hereditary caste.

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Verb[edit]

caste

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of casten

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Adjective[edit]

caste

  1. feminine plural of casto

Noun[edit]

caste f

  1. plural form of casta

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Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

caste

  1. vocative masculine singular of castus