caste mark

noun
  1. (in India) a mark, usually on the forehead, symbolizing and identifying caste membership.
  2. 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

Historical Examples of caste mark

  • This is their caste-mark, the ark of their covenant, their reason for being what they are.

  • "They say the caste-mark in his forehead is a real diamond," remarked the Barrister.

    The Pointing Man

    Marjorie Douie

  • Caste-mark, stomach, slate-colored continuations, and unctuous speech were all gone.

  • On top of his head was an oblong of bare-shaven skull—some caste-mark apparently.

    Cupid in Africa

    P. C. Wren

  • It smote the offender between the eyebrows, leaving a caste-mark of warm ash to attest the accuracy of his aim.

    Far to Seek

    Maud Diver