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Many characters in the novel are representative of types that exist in India. He represents the caste system in India with an air of superiority, the caste system in India and the people thinking that western things are better.
Anita Desai

Meaning of "caste" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD CASTE

From Portuguese casta race, breed, ancestry, from casto pure, chaste, from Latin castus.
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PRONUNCIATION OF CASTE

caste  [kɑːst] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CASTE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Caste is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES CASTE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

caste

Caste

Caste is a form of social stratification characterized by endogamy, hereditary transmission of a lifestyle which often includes an occupation, ritual status in a hierarchy and customary social interaction and exclusion based on cultural notions of purity and pollution. According to Human Rights Watch and UNICEF, caste discrimination affects an estimated 250 million people worldwide. Its paradigmatic, ethnographic example is the division of Indian society into rigid social groups, with roots in India's ancient history and persisting until today, although the economic significance of the caste system in India has been declining as a result of urbanization and affirmative action programs.

Definition of caste in the English dictionary

The first definition of caste in the dictionary is Also called: caste system. the system or basis of such classes. Other definition of caste is the social position or rank conferred by this system. Caste is also any social class or system based on such distinctions as heredity, rank, wealth, profession, etc.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH CASTE


avast
əˈvɑːst
Belfast
ˈbɛlfɑːst
blast
blɑːst
broadcast
ˈbrɔːdˌkɑːst
cast
kɑːst
contrast
kənˈtrɑːst
fast
fɑːst
forecast
ˈfɔːˌkɑːst
gast
ɡɑːst
last
lɑːst
mast
mɑːst
oblast
ˈɒblɑːst
outcast
ˈaʊtˌkɑːst
outlast
ˈaʊtˌlɑːst
overcast
ˈəʊvəˌkɑːst
past
pɑːst
podcast
ˈpɒdˌkɑːst
unsurpassed
ˌʌnsɜːˈpɑːst
vast
vɑːst
webcast
ˈwɛbˌkɑːst

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CASTE

castanets
castanospermine
castaway
caste mark
caste system
casted
casteism
casteless
Castellammare di Stabia
castellan
castellated
castellated nut
castellation
castellum
caster
caster action
caster angle
caster sugar

WORDS THAT END LIKE CASTE

aftertaste
baste
chaste
cineaste
copy and paste
cut and paste
distaste
haste
hazardous waste
intermediate-level waste
namaste
nuclear waste
paste
radioactive waste
subcaste
taste
tomato paste
toothpaste
toxic waste
waste

Synonyms and antonyms of caste in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «CASTE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «caste» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of caste

Translation of «caste» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CASTE

Find out the translation of caste to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of caste from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «caste» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

种姓制度
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

casta
570 millions of speakers

English

caste
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

जाति
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الطائفة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

каста
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

casta
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

জাত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

caste
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Kasta
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Kaste
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

カースト制度
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

카스트 제도
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kasta
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

đẳng cấp
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சாதி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

जात
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kast
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

casta
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

kasta
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

каста
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

castă
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

κάστα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

kaste
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

kast
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

kasten
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of caste

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CASTE»

The term «caste» is quite widely used and occupies the 25.849 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CASTE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «caste» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «caste» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about caste

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10 QUOTES WITH «CASTE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word caste.
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Edwin Arnold
There is no caste in blood.
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Katherine Boo
One thing that was very clear to me is that the young people in a place like Annawadi aren't tripping on caste the way their parents are. They know their parents have these old views.
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Tyler Cowen
Often, economists spend their energies squabbling with one another, but arguably the more important contrast is between our broadly liberal economic worldview and the various alternatives - common around the globe - that postulate natural hierarchies of religion, ethnicity, caste and gender, often enforced by law and strict custom.
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Anita Desai
Many characters in the novel are representative of types that exist in India. He represents the caste system in India with an air of superiority, the caste system in India and the people thinking that western things are better.
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Michael Eric Dyson
New Orleans invented the brown paper bag party - usually at a gathering in a home - where anyone darker than the bag attached to the door was denied entrance. The brown bag criterion survives as a metaphor for how the black cultural elite quite literally establishes caste along color lines within black life.
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Michael Eric Dyson
Class certainly loomed large in Katrina's aftermath. Blacks of means escaped the tragedy; blacks without them suffered and died. In reality, it is how race and class interact that made the situation for the poor so horrible on the Gulf Coast. The rigid caste system that punishes poor blacks and other minorities also targets poor whites.
7
Oscar Fernandes
Terrorism should be seen in the light of the country's security and not from the narrow perspective of caste, creed and religion.
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E. M. Forster
Ideas are fatal to caste.
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Francois Gautier
The West remains obsessed by the caste system.
10
Rose George
There is a scene in Richard Attenborough's biopic where Gandhi argues with his wife because she refuses to clean their latrine. She says it is the work of untouchables; he tells her there is no such thing. Gandhi's tactics of encouraging brotherly love across caste boundaries and urging Indians to clean their own latrines had failed miserably.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CASTE»

Discover the use of caste in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to caste and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Caste, Society and Politics in India from the Eighteenth ...
One of the most powerful statements ever written on the subject of caste in India.
Susan Bayly, 2001
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Caste: Origin, Function, and Dimensions of Change
The Introduction Looks At The Definition Of Caste, The Evidence In Vedic Texts, And The Class Role Of Caste And The Elite. This Is Followed By A Detailed Chapter On The Historiography Of Caste And Gender Issues.
Suvira Jaiswal, 2000
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Gendering Caste Through a Feminist Lens
Erudite yet accessible, this book enables the reader to understand the interface of gender and caste and to participate in its critical analysis.
Uma Chakraborty, 2003
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Caste, Conflict and Ideology: Mahatma Jotirao Phule and Low ...
The nineteenth century saw the beginning of a violent and controversial movement of protest amongst western India's low and untouchable castes, aimed at the effects of their lowly position within the Hindu caste hierarchy.
Rosalind O'Hanlon, 2002
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Caste: The Emergence of the South Asian Social System
This Is An Intellectual Adventure Story, An Essay In Ethno-Historical Deduction And Reconstruction.
Morton Klass, 1998
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Caste, Class, and Power: Changing Patterns of Stratification ...
Study of Thanjavur District.
André Béteille, 1965
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Caste
This text examines the concept of caste, noting its origin in orientalist descriptions of Indian society, and showing how it made its way into social scientific discourse as a tool for the comparative analysis of social stratification.
Ursula Sharma, 1999
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Indian Caste System: A Study
A Study, With A Foreword By R. Wadia.
Conjeeveram Hayavadana Rao, 1931
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Caste and Race in India
Over The Years This Book Has Remained A Basic Work For Students Of India Sociology And Anthropology And Has Been Acknowledged As A Bona-Fide Classic.
Govind Sadashiv Ghurye, 1969
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Writing Caste, Writing Gender: Reading Dalit Women's Testimonios
Study on the autobiographies of Dalit women from Maharashtra, India.
Sharmila Rege, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CASTE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term caste is used in the context of the following news items.
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CPI(M) to Centre: release caste data
The CPI(M) on Tuesday demanded that the Centre release the caste data from the Socioeconomic Caste Census (SECC). The party said the ... «Hindu Business Line, Jul 15»
2
Nitish, Lalu, Manjhi bat for caste census data release
PATNA: The Centre's decision to withhold caste-based census data has created a political row in poll-bound Bihar with Chief Minister Nitish ... «Economic Times, Jul 15»
3
Modi Must Release Caste Survey Findings
The single greatest achievement of the Manmohan Singh regime - which coincided with the Tenth and Eleventh Plans - was pulling 138 million ... «NDTV, Jul 15»
4
Release of Caste Census Data Crucial to Justify 69 Per Cent Quota …
CHENNAI: In Tamil Nadu, the pioneer of reservation politics in the country, release of caste census data is a sensitive issue for the Dravidian ... «The New Indian Express, Jul 15»
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Rural realities
Female-headed households, and Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe ... It would also be wise for the government to release caste-wise ... «The Hindu, Jul 15»
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After Lalu, Nitish attacks Modi Government for withholding caste
It is beyond my understanding why the Centre is not making the caste-data public when the exercise of caste-wise census has been completed. «Times of India, Jul 15»
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Echoes of caste slavery in Dalit Christian practices
In the mid-twentieth century Dalit migration from the villages of southern princely State of Travancore to the villages in the Western Ghats hills in ... «OUPblog, Jul 15»
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Dalit man's limbs cut off for affair with 'Caste Hindu girl'
The right arm and leg of a young Dalit man from Villupuram was allegedly cut off earlier this year, after his affair was discovered with a Caste ... «Pakistan Today, Jul 15»
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Caste Census 2011 report: 40% of rural population still single
DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand's picturesque valleys are honeymooners' paradise but marriage is not an option many go for in the state's rural ... «Times of India, Jul 15»
10
Caste slur poster row: Valmiki Mahasabha meets the DM
In one of the posters, vegetable sellers are called by their caste name and it is mentioned that only two sellers would be allowed at a time into ... «Times of India, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Caste [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/caste>. May 2020 ».
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