caste

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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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caste f ‎(plural castes)

  1. caste (hereditary class)
  2. class (social position)

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caste

  1. feminine plural of casto

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caste f

  1. plural of casta

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caste

  1. vocative masculine singular of castus
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