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noun, plural clas·ses [klas-eez] /ˈklæs iz/. (in certain Reformed churches)
  1. the organization of pastors and elders that governs a group of local churches; a presbytery.
  2. the group of churches governed by such an organization.
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Origin of classis

1585–95; < Latin: class
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Examples from the Web for classis

Historical Examples

  • Such are Ravenna and Classis, and the Ghosts that haunt them.

    Limbo and Other Essays

    Vernon Lee

  • Having marked this on its margin, we have sent it to the Rev. Brethren of the Classis.

  • If we cannot organize a Classis at once, we will do the best we can.

  • An inscription tells us that we have here represented the city of Classis, the seaport of Ravenna.

    Theodoric the Goth

    Thomas Hodgkin

  • The letters which follow were among those which he found in Amsterdam, in the archives of the Classis.

British Dictionary definitions for classis


noun plural classes (ˈklæsiːz) (in some Reformed Churches)
  1. a governing body of elders or pastors
  2. the district or group of local churches directed by such a body
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin; see class
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