Definition of lose caste in English:

lose caste


  • 1Descend in the caste system, e.g. by taking employment regarded as of lower status.

    • ‘Indian soldiers were only too happy to go to war on behalf of the Empire, even though, for Hindus, crossing the dark ocean meant losing caste.’
    • ‘It is a sign that they are all the same community and can live and eat together without losing caste.’
    1. 1.1 Come to be regarded with less respect; lose status.
      ‘they lost caste by moving away from the old house’
      • ‘If departments were bad, ministers could be sacked; if ministers disagreed with their colleagues, they could resign without losing caste.’