Pronunciation Noun

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.
    • 1911, Thomas Babington Macaulay, “[,_John Bunyan, John]”, in 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica:
      The tinkers then formed a hereditary caste.
  3. (zoology) A class of polymorphous eusocial insects of a particular size and function within a colony.

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