a number of persons or things regarded as forming a group by reason of common attributes, characteristics, qualities, or traits; kind; sort: a class of objects used in daily living.
a group of students meeting regularly to study a subject under the guidance of a teacher: The class had arrived on time for the lecture.
the period during which a group of students meets for instruction.
a meeting of a group of students for instruction.
a number of pupils in a school, or of students in a college, pursuing the same studies, ranked together, or graduated in the same year: She graduated from Ohio State, class of '72.
a social stratum sharing basic economic, political, or cultural characteristics, and having the same social position: Artisans form a distinct class in some societies.
the system of dividing society; caste.
social rank, especially high rank.
the members of a given group in society, regarded as a single entity.
any division of persons or things according to rank or grade: Hotels were listed by class, with the most luxurious ones listed first.
excellence; exceptional merit: She's a good performer, but she lacks class.
Hinduism. any of the four social divisions, the Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaisya, and Shudra, of Hindu society; varna.: Compare caste (def. 2).
Informal. elegance, grace, or dignity, as in dress and behavior: He may be a slob, but his brother has real class.
any of several grades of accommodations available on ships, airplanes, and the like: We bought tickets for first class.
Informal. the best or among the best of its kind: This new plane is the class of the wide-bodied airliners.
Biology. the usual major subdivision of a phylum or division in the classification of organisms, usually consisting of several orders.
British University. any of three groups into which candidates for honors degrees are divided according to merit on the basis of final examinations.
drafted or conscripted soldiers, or persons available for draft or conscription, all of whom were born in the same year.
Grammar. form class.
(in early Methodism) one of several small companies, each composed of about 12 members under a leader, into which each society or congregation was divided.
Statistics. a group of measurements that fall within a specified interval.
Mathematics. a set; a collection.
the classes, the higher ranks of society, as distinguished from the masses.
Informal. of high quality, integrity, status, or style: class players on a mediocre team.
to place or arrange in a class; classify: to class justice with wisdom.
to take or have a place in a particular class: those who class as believers.
class up, Informal. to improve the quality, tone, or status of; add elegance, dignity, style, etc., to: The new carpet and curtains really class up this room.
- class·a·ble, adjective
- classer, noun
- mis·class, verb
- re·class, verb (used with object)
- un·class·a·ble, adjective
- un·classed, adjective
- well-classed, adjective
Other definitions for class. (2 of 2)
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How to use class in a sentence
A Senate report published Wednesday claimed that policy delayed 7 percent of the country’s first-class mail in the five weeks after it took effect.Federal judge issues temporary injunction against USPS operational changes amid concerns about mail slowdowns | Elise Viebeck, Jacob Bogage | September 17, 2020 | Washington Post
His diction, that booming voice, his intensity, are in a class by themselves.How Laurence Fishburne Gave Voice To ‘The Autobiography Of Malcolm X’ | Joi-Marie McKenzie | September 17, 2020 | Essence.com
The researchers found that there was no difference in outcomes between the three kinds of classes.Why hasn’t digital learning lived up to its promise? | Walter Thompson | September 17, 2020 | TechCrunch
We could go to classes remotely from our homes or from our dorm rooms.Even the most cautious schools are seeing outbreaks | Sy Mukherjee | September 17, 2020 | Fortune
With only eight students left, leadership at Lincoln High decided to cancel the class after the first quarter, as Scott Lewis reports in a new story on Williams’ ordeal.Morning Report: Lincoln Abruptly Canceled AP Class | Voice of San Diego | September 17, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
I was drawn to The class for different reasons—chiefly, the pipe dream of achieving a tighter and tauter backside.
Stephanie Giorgio, a classical musician, credits The class for helping her cope with anxiety, focus, fear, and self-doubt.
In the last year, her fusion exercise class has attracted a cult following and become de rigueur among the celebrity set.
The same picture emerges from middle class men in the U.S., Canada, and the Nordic countries.
More to the point, Huckabee has a natural appeal to a party that has come to represent the bulk of working class white voters.
Botanists have enumerated between forty and fifty varieties of the tobacco plant who class them all among the narcotic poisons.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
Our class has swelled to about a dozen persons now, and a good many others come and play to him once or twice and then go.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
It has only been a rare and exceptional class hitherto that has gone on learning throughout life.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
But we must not class in this unclean category Lord Spunyarn and his friend Haggard, who were both playing at the big table.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
The universal ignorance of the working class broke down the aspiring force of genius.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
British Dictionary definitions for class
a collection or division of people or things sharing a common characteristic, attribute, quality, or property
a group of persons sharing a similar social position and certain economic, political, and cultural characteristics
(in Marxist theory) a group of persons sharing the same relationship to the means of production
the pattern of divisions that exist within a society on the basis of rank, economic status, etc
(as modifier): the class struggle; class distinctions
a group of pupils or students who are taught and study together
a meeting of a group of students for tuition
mainly US a group of students who graduated in a specified year: the class of '53
(in combination and as modifier) British a grade of attainment in a university honours degree: second-class honours
informal excellence or elegance, esp in dress, design, or behaviour: that girl's got class
(as modifier): a class act
outstanding speed and stamina in a racehorse
(as modifier): the class horse in the race
biology any of the taxonomic groups into which a phylum is divided and which contains one or more orders. Amphibia, Reptilia, and Mammalia are three classes of phylum Chordata
another name for set 2 (def. 3)
proper class a class which cannot itself be a member of other classes
in a class of its own or in a class by oneself unequalled; unparalleled
to have or assign a place within a group, grade, or class
- classable, adjective
- classer, noun
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Scientific definitions for class
A taxonomic category of organisms ranking above an order and below a phylum or division. In modern taxonomic schemes, the names of classes end in -phyceae for the various groups of algae, -mycetes for fungi, and -opsida for plants (as in Liliopsida, the class of plants also termed monocotyledons). The names of classes belonging to phyla of the animal kingdom, however, are formed in various ways, as Osteichthyes the bony fishes, Aves, the birds, and Mammalia, the mammals, all of which are classes belonging to the subphylum Vertebrata (the vertebrates) in the phylum Chordata. See Table at taxonomy.
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Cultural definitions for class (1 of 2)
A group of people sharing the same social, economic, or occupational status. The term class usually implies a social and economic hierarchy, in which those of higher class standing have greater status, privilege, prestige, and authority. Western societies have traditionally been divided into three classes: the upper or leisure class, the middle class (bourgeoisie), and the lower or working class. For Marxists, the significant classes are the bourgeoisie and the proletariat (see also proletariat).
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Other Idioms and Phrases with class
see cut class.
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