Definition of jati in English:



  • A caste or subcaste.

    ‘they were one of the lowest classes of all the Hindu jati’
    • ‘Hindus take on a caste identity at birth, being born into a family within a particular jati, as the argument goes, because of actions in a previous life.’
    • ‘NEW DELHI - Thanks to widespread outsourcing of telephone-service jobs, a sixth caste has blossomed in India: the Khidakayas, a mid-level jati made up of technical-support workers.’
    • ‘Tulsibhai avers that while all the tribals belonging to the Taravi and Vasava jati have joined the struggle, the upper castes in the Panchayat have stayed aloof.’
    • ‘The dance was practiced no longer in a temple, but in a theatre; it was performed no longer by an appointed group of professional dancers, from the low Melakkara jati, but by the wealthy middle class, most often Brahmins.’
    • ‘Jati members usually marry within their own jati and follow traditions associated with their jati.’


Via Hindi from Sanskrit jāti ‘birth’.