verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of class
Synonyms for class
- 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
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.