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n. A clan, tribe, or community in India.


n. (Hinduism) a Hindu caste or distinctive social group of which there are thousands throughout India; a special characteristic is often the exclusive occupation of its male members (such as barber or potter)


Jāti (in Devanagari: जाति, Bengali: জাতি, Telugu:జాతి, Kannada:ಜಾತಿ, Malayalam: ജാതി, Tamil:ஜாதி, literally "birth") is a group of clans, tribes, communities and sub-communities, and religions in India. Each jāti typically has an association with a traditional job function or tribe. Religious beliefs (e.g. Sri Vaishnavism or Veera Shaivism) or linguistic groupings may define some jatis.

A person's surname typically reflects a community (jati) association: thus Gandhi = perfume seller, Dhobi = washerman, Srivastava = military scribe, etc. In any given location in India 500 or more jatis may co-exist, although the exact composition will differ from district to district.


Jāti are the thousands of clans, tribes, communities and sub-communities in India. Jati or JATI may also refer to:

  • Jati (or Jatu or Jataki), a dialect of the Haryanvi language
  • Jāti (Buddhism), the arising of a new living entity
  • Jati (game), a board game from the 3M bookshelf game series
  • Teak, the Indonesian name for the hardwood tree
  • Jati, Ceará, a city in Brazil
  • Jati, Pulo Gadung, an administrative village of Pulo Gadung, East Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Jati, Sindh, a small town in the Pakistani province of Sindh
  • Jati Umra (Lahore), burial place of Nawaz Sharif's father and location of Nawaz Sharif's grand palace
  • Jati Umra (Amritsar), ancestral village of Nawaz Sharif in India
  • Jatimatic, a Finnish 9 mm submachine gun
  • Jati (music), a rhythmic pattern in Indian classical music
  • JATI, or rather Jalur Tiga is an NGO in Malaysia
Jāti (Buddhism)

In Buddhism, Jāti (the Sanskrit and Pāli word for "birth") refers to the arising of a new living entity within saṃsāra (cyclic existence).

Jāti is identified with the Buddhist teachings in the following contexts:

  • as an aspect of dukkha (suffering) within the teachings on the Four Noble Truths
  • as the eleventh link within the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination

Usage examples of "jati".

There was much woodwork here, tough and tawny jati wood for the most part.

For arms, they carried lengths of tough jati wood and baseball-sized rocks.