A type of rule where a person's role is determined by his background. Castes also have different levels of power.

For example : in ancient Japan, the Tokugawa Dynasty ruled with a caste system, where the samurai were the highest.
Another example : India apparently has a caste system. This means that if you were born of a poor family, you are required (not destined, required) to be that way, and nothing you do will change that. Specifically, if someone was the reincarnation of the Buddha, that person would be the most powerful man in India.

Contrary to the fetish beliefs, capitalism is NOT a caste system. Capitalism does not judge people on their birth, but requires people to work hard if they want to be rich.
"Castes don't work very well....and yet somehow they're effective. I'm stumped. Nevertheless, America should not resort to a caste system; that would be unconstitutional & against the founding principles of this country."
-me
by Dave May 19, 2004
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An centuries-old but effective economic/cultural system of control in which a person who is born in a certain class is forced to live out his/her entire life in that class. Still being used by India.

What the modern Capitalism-based American economic system really is, since the citizens of the Middle, Lower, and Poverty classes are forced to spend their entire lives working for less and less money, while being tricked by the Upper and Wealthy classes into believing that their dreams will come true if they work hard enough.
In India, the Untouchables are the lowest of its traditional caste system.
by sarcastic March 29, 2004
A Portuguese colonial interpretation of ancient Indian grouping by hereditary profession, called "jāti" in Hindoostani; predating the Aryan penetration of the subcontinent, but believed by White Nationalists (among others) to be a kind of primitive apartheid system introduced by the Vedic Aryans to keep those of darker skin away from them, due to conflation with the five *classes*, properly "varna", of Vedic society (Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaisya, Sudra, Chandal).
"Castes are systems of occupation, endogamy, social culture, social class, and political power, the assignment of individuals to places in the social hierarchy is determined by social group and cultural heritage. Although India is often now associated with the word "caste", it was first used by the Portuguese to describe inherited class status in their own European society."
by Marshal Lentini May 21, 2009
the Tau hierarchial order along with a designation of a Tau's life. Tau from the fire (shas) caste are the defenders of Tau space. The air (kor) pilot the ships and man the stations. Earth caste build and engineer the weapons the fire caste carry and the ships the earth caste fly. The water caste liases and arbitrates. Without them, the Tau would have no allies. The final, most mysterious of the castes is the ethereal (aun). These lords and (psykers?) rule the Tau and put forth the greater good among the masses.
Aun'Shui is an renowned member of the ethereal caste.
by royland Douchebag November 12, 2003
A group with the biggest level of Samurais living between them and who are devoted to their Daïmio (Lord of a "state") or their Shogun (Supreme Lord of the Army) insteed of their live.
"The Samurai caste".
by Egidio May 07, 2005
a mixed person from a mixed decent
agatha: were are you from?
melissa: im a caste, my mother's from samoa and my father is from new zealand
by jordan July 27, 2003
a prepubescent homosexual or otherwise confused male with extreme lack of social skills
Hey, Caste, stop trying to touch my balls!
by SRT May 04, 2005

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