- (in India) a mark, usually on the forehead, symbolizing and identifying caste membership.
- a distinctive trait, associated with a group or class and marking a person as a member.
Origin of caste mark
First recorded in 1900–05
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Examples from the Web for caste mark
This is their caste-mark, the ark of their covenant, their reason for being what they are.Letters of Travel (1892-1913)
"They say the caste-mark in his forehead is a real diamond," remarked the Barrister.The Pointing Man
Caste-mark, stomach, slate-colored continuations, and unctuous speech were all gone.The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition
On top of his head was an oblong of bare-shaven skull—some caste-mark apparently.Cupid in Africa
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It smote the offender between the eyebrows, leaving a caste-mark of warm ash to attest the accuracy of his aim.Far to Seek