verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of class
Synonyms for class
noun, plural clas·ses [klas-eez] /ˈklæs iz/. (in certain Reformed churches)
Origin of classis
Related Words for classesfamily, collection, division, school, degree, league, grade, style, rank, department, company, club, place, position, circle, room, study, course, session, seminar
Examples from the Web for classes
Contemporary Examples of classes
But news of the classes is spread mainly by word of mouth, and participants bring along their friends and families.
Many dance instructors register their classes at gyms and teach women or men (separately) under the name of aerobics.
But Bratton himself has granted that black people “of all classes” have told him they fear the police.We Need Our Police to Be Better Than This
December 31, 2014
The summer before classes began, she decided to take a few sets of pictures with her friends.Masters of Alt Sex: SuicideGirls Hits Puberty and Wants to Invade Your TV Set
December 9, 2014
He was no teacher, and he lacked the tact required in getting along with his classes.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
Historical Examples of classes
"I'd like to recite English in one of your classes, Emma," smiled Grace.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Between these two classes of students there prevails perpetual hostility.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Where it is most painful is precisely where it does most harm, among the classes we call professional.The Conquest of Fear
There are many uneducated preachers who move the classes the clergy cannot touch.Weighed and Wanting
You and every other boy in your classes ought to thoroughly ashamed of yourselves.Her Father's Daughter
- 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
- informalexcellence or elegance, esp in dress, design, or behaviourthat girl's got class
- (as modifier)a class act
- outstanding speed and stamina in a racehorse
- (as modifier)the class horse in the race
- another name for set 2 (def. 3)
- proper classa class which cannot itself be a member of other classes
Word Origin for class
noun plural classes (ˈklæsiːz) (in some Reformed Churches)
Word Origin for classis
c.1600, "group of students," from French classe (14c.), from Latin classis "a class, a division; army, fleet," especially "any one of the six orders into which Servius Tullius divided the Roman people for the purpose of taxation;" traditionally originally "the people of Rome under arms" (a sense attested in English from 1650s), and thus akin to calare "to call (to arms)," from PIE root *kele- (2) "to shout" (see claim (v.)). In early use in English also in Latin form classis.
School and university sense of "course, lecture" (1650s) is from the notion of a form or lecture reserved to scholars who had attained a certain level. Natural history sense is from 1753. Meaning "a division of society according to status" (upper, lower, etc.) is from 1772. Meaning "high quality" is from 1847. Class-consciousness (1903) is from German klassenbewusst.
1705, "to divide into classes," from class (n.) or French classer. Sense of "to place into a class" is from 1776. Related: Classed; classing.
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).
see cut class.