Definition of Panchama in English:

Panchama

noun

(also Pancama)
historical
  • In South India: a member of the fifth and lowest division of society (now called the scheduled castes), outside the four brahminic divisions; a pariah; an untouchable.

Pronunciation

Panchama

/ˈpantʃəmə/ /ˈpʌntʃəmə/

adjective

(also Pancama)
historical
  • In South India: belonging to the fifth class or lower castes; untouchable.

Pronunciation

Panchama

/ˈpantʃəmə/ /ˈpʌntʃəmə/

Origin

Late 19th century. From Sanskrit pañcama fifth. Compare Tamil pañcamaṉ person of the lowest caste.