noun Also castor (for defs 2–5).
verb (used without object)
Origin of caster
- an endogamous and hereditary social group limited to persons of the same rank, occupation, economic position, etc., and having mores distinguishing it from other such groups.
- any rigid system of social distinctions.
Origin of caste
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Contemporary Examples of caster
Then that brought up the question of sentience: Is this Will Caster?How ‘Transcendence’ Director Wally Pfister Became Christopher Nolan’s Secret Weapon
April 17, 2014
However, she does not downplay the amount of dark clothes and black eyeliner that are characteristic of her Caster ways.‘Beautiful Creatures’: 14 Notable Differences From the Book to the Screen
February 15, 2013
Historical Examples of caster
I shall go back and refute that common scoffer, that caster of doubts.The Burning Spear
Happily my bust is out of hand, and the caster (not B. this time) is hard at work on it.The Eternal City
His opponent, still with his secretive smile, took up the caster.In Kings' Byways
Stanley J. Weyman
The chief Latin contributions are -Chester, -cester, -caster, Lat.The Romance of Names
One of these is the composing machine, or keyboard, the other the caster, or type-founder.The Building of a Book
Word Origin for caste
"person or thing that casts," late 14c. (also sometimes castor), agent noun from cast (v.). Meaning "pepper shaker, small perforated container" is from 1670s, on notion of "throwing."
"wheel and swivel attached to furniture," 1748, agent noun from cast (v.) in the old sense of "turn." Also sometimes castor.
1550s, "a race of men," from Latin castus "chaste," from castus "cut off, separated; pure" (via notion of "cut off" from faults), past participle of carere "to be cut off from" (and related to castration), from PIE *kas-to-, from root *kes- "to cut" (cf. Latin cassus "empty, void"). Originally spelled cast in English and later often merged with cast (n.) in its secondary sense "sort, kind, style."
Application to Hindu social groups was picked up by English in India 1610s from Portuguese casta "breed, race, caste," earlier casta raça, "unmixed race," from the same Latin word. The current spelling of of the English word is from this reborrowing. Caste system is first recorded 1840.
One of the four hereditary social divisions in Hinduism. Members of any one caste are restricted in their choice of occupation and may have only limited association with members of other castes.