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[out-kast, -kahst]
  1. (in India) a person who has left or been expelled from his or her caste.
  2. a person of no caste.
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Origin of outcaste

First recorded in 1875–80; out- + caste
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Examples from the Web for outcaste

Historical Examples

  • And the pollution must be removed at the end of the prescribed period, or she remains an outcaste—a very serious thing for her.

    Castes and Tribes of Southern India

    Edgar Thurston

  • A sept of Korku; a man of this sept has the privilege of directing the ceremony for the readmission of an outcaste.

  • But the Chinese visitors were in company with the foreigners, and all foreigners were outcaste in this eastern plain.

    The Black-Bearded Barbarian (George Leslie Mackay)

    Mary Esther Miller MacGregor, AKA Marion Keith

British Dictionary definitions for outcaste


  1. a person who has been expelled from a caste
  2. a person having no caste
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  1. (tr) to cause (someone) to lose his caste
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