Origin of class

1590–1600; earlier classis, plural classes < Latin: class, division, fleet, army; singular class back formation from plural

Related forms

Can be confused

cast caste class

Usage note

Definition for classes (2 of 2)

classis

[ klas-is ]
/ ˈklæs ɪs /

noun, plural clas·ses [klas-eez] /ˈklæs iz/. (in certain Reformed churches)

the organization of pastors and elders that governs a group of local churches; a presbytery.
the group of churches governed by such an organization.

Origin of classis

1585–95; < Latin: class
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British Dictionary definitions for classes (1 of 2)

class

/ (klɑːs) /

noun

verb

to have or assign a place within a group, grade, or class

Derived Forms

classable, adjectiveclasser, noun

Word Origin for class

C17: from Latin classis class, rank, fleet; related to Latin calāre to summon

British Dictionary definitions for classes (2 of 2)

classis

/ (ˈklæsɪs) /

noun plural classes (ˈklæsiːz) (in some Reformed Churches)

a governing body of elders or pastors
the district or group of local churches directed by such a body

Word Origin for classis

C16: from Latin; see class
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Medicine definitions for classes

class

[ klăs ]

n.

A taxonomic category ranking below a phylum or division and above an order.
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Science definitions for classes

class

[ klăs ]

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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Culture definitions for classes (1 of 2)

class


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).

Culture definitions for classes (2 of 2)

class


In biology, the classification beneath a phylum and above an order. (See Linnean classification.)

Note

Mammals, reptiles, and insects are classes.
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Idioms and Phrases with classes

class


see cut class.

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