2. To assign a theatrical performer to a part in a drama: Flora's sister was cast in the leading role by the director of the play.
2. A group of actors participating in a play, movie, or theatrical performance: There was a party for the cast after the opening performance.
Even though Lola's uncle was from the upper caste, he was active in the theater and was often cast in the part of a magician who could cast a ball up into the air and have it turn into a feather.
2. A social class separated from others by distinctions of hereditary rank, profession, or wealth.
3. A social system or the principle of grading society based on castes.
4. The social position or status conferred by a system based on castes.
5. A specialized level in a colony of social insects; such as, ants, in which the members, including workers or soldiers, carry out a specific function.
6. Etymology: "a race of men", from Latin casto, "chaste" from castus, "pure, cut off, separated"; past participle of carere, "to be cut off from".
The application to Hindu social groups picked up in India in the 17th century from Portuguese casta, "breed, race, caste"; from an earlier casta raca "unmixed race", from the same Latin word.
2. A form of stratification defined by unequal access to economic resources and prestige, which is acquired at birth and does not permit individuals to alter their rank.