caste mark

  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

Words Nearby caste mark Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use caste mark in a sentence

  • The caste mark on the largest idol's head was a polished ruby, overlooked doubtless during the loot.

    The Adventures of Kathlyn | Harold MacGrath
  • "We know that it is true," was the answer, and it came from a lady with a red caste-mark like a wafer upon her forehead.

  • Outward signs there are none, neither caste mark nor peculiarity of dress; but we know each other by signs.

    The Tiger of Mysore | G. A. Henty
  • 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
  • Leaning forward, she took his head in her hands and kissed him between his eyebrows where the caste-mark should be.

    Far to Seek | Maud Diver