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Meaning of class by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From French classe, from Latin classis ( “a class or division of the people, assembly of people, the whole body of citizens called to arms, the army, the fleet, later a class or division in general” )


    • ( RP ) IPA: /klɑːs/
    • Rhymes: -ɑːs
    • ( US ) IPA: /klæs/
    • ( NY ) IPA: /kleəs/


    ( 5 ) a school class.

    class ( countable and uncountable; plural: classes )

    1. ( countable ) A group, collection, category or set sharing characteristics or attributes .
      The new Ford Fiesta is set to be best in the 'small family' class .
      That is one class-A heifer you got there, sonny .
      Often used to imply membership of a large class .
      This word has a whole class of metaphoric extensions .
    2. ( countable ) A social grouping, based on job, wealth, etc. In Britain, society is commonly split into three main classes; upper class, middle class and working class .
    3. ( uncountable ) The division of society into classes .
      Jane Austen's works deal with class in 18th-century England .
    4. ( uncountable ) Admirable behavior; elegance .
      Apologizing for losing your temper, even though you were badly provoked, showed real class .
    5. ( countable and uncountable ) A group of students in a regularly scheduled meeting with a teacher .
      The class was noisy, but the teacher was able to get their attention with a story .
    6. A series of classes covering a single subject .
      I took the cooking class for enjoyment, but I also learned a lot .
    7. ( countable ) A group of students who commenced or completed their education during a particular year. A school class .
      The class of 1982 was particularly noteworthy .
    8. ( countable ) A category of seats in an airplane, train or other means of mass transportation .
      I used to fly business class, but now my company can only afford economy .
    9. ( biology, taxonomy, countable ) A rank in the classification of organisms, below phylum and above order; a taxon of that rank .
      Magnolias belong to the class Magnoliopsida .
    10. ( computing ) A set of objects having the same behavior ( but typically differing in state ), or a template defining such a set .
    11. ( mathematics ) A collection of sets definable by a shared property .
      The class of all sets is not a set .
    12. Best of its kind .
      It is the class of Italian bottled waters .
    13. ( military ) A group of people subject to be conscripted in the same military draft, or more narrowly those persons actually conscripted in a particular draft .


    • See also Wikisaurus:class


    class ( third-person singular simple present classes present participle classing, simple past and past participle classed )

    1. ( transitive ) To assign to a class .
      I would class this with most of the other mediocre works of the period .
    2. ( intransitive ) To be grouped or classed .
      The genus or family under which it classes. — Tatham .

    Derived terms


    class ( not comparable )

    1. ( Ireland, UK, slang ) great; fabulous


    External links

    • class in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • class in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of class by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. arrange or order by classes or categories

    2. How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?
    1. education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings

    2. flirting is not unknown in college classes
    3. elegance in dress or behavior

    4. she has a lot of class
    5. people having the same social, economic, or educational status

    6. the working class
      an emerging professional class
    7. a collection of things sharing a common attribute

    8. there are two classes of detergents
    9. a taxonomic group containing one or more orders

    10. a body of students who are taught together

    11. early morning classes are always sleepy
    12. a body of students who graduate together

    13. the class of '97
    14. a league ranked by quality

    15. he played baseball in class D for two years

    Definition of class by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Class ( klȧs ), n. [F. classe, fr. L. classis class, collection, fleet; akin to Gr. κλῆσις a calling, καλεῖν to call, E. claim, haul.]
      1. A group of individuals ranked together as possessing common characteristics; as, “the different classes of society; the educated class; the lower classes”.

      2. A number of students in a school or college, of the same standing, or pursuing the same studies.

      3. A comprehensive division of animate or inanimate objects, grouped together on account of their common characteristics, in any classification in natural science, and subdivided into orders, families, tribes, genera, etc.

      4. A set; a kind or description, species or variety.

      She had lost one class energies. Macaulay.

      5. ( Methodist Church ) One of the sections into which a church or congregation is divided, and which is under the supervision of a class leader.

      6. One session of formal instruction in which one or more teachers instruct a group on some subject. The class may be one of a course of classes, or a single special session.

      7. A high degree of elegance, in dress or behavior; the quality of bearing oneself with dignity, grace, and social adeptness.

      Class of a curve ( Math. ), the kind of a curve as expressed by the number of tangents that can be drawn from any point to the curve. A circle is of the second class. -- Class meeting ( Methodist Church ), a meeting of a class under the charge of a class leader, for counsel and relegious instruction.

    2. Class ( klȧs ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Classed ( klȧst ); p. pr. & vb. n. Classing.] [Cf. F. classer. See Class, n.]
      1. To arrange in classes; to classify or refer to some class; as, “to class words or passages”.

      ☞ In scientific arrangement, to classify is used instead of to class. Dana.

      2. To divide into classes, as students; to form into, or place in, a class or classes.

    3. Class, v. i. To be grouped or classed.

      The genus or family under which it classes. Tatham.

    4. Class ( klȧs ), a. exhibiting refinement and high character; as, “a class act”. Opposite of low-class [informal]

      Syn. -- high-class.