WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
class /klæs/USA pronunciation
- [countable] a number of persons or things thought of as belonging together;
sort:the class of living things.
- a group of students meeting regularly:My writing class had 28 students.
- the period in which they meet:The class is on Mondays and Wednesdays.
- a meeting of such a group:During our last class we talked about verb tenses in English.
- [countable] a group of students graduated in the same year:the class of '92.
- a level of society sharing the same characteristics; social rank: [countable]the blue-collar class.[uncountable]socialists fighting against the concept of class.
- [uncountable] a division of people or things according to rank, quality, etc.:a hotel of the highest class.
- [uncountable] Informal. grace or dignity, as in behavior:She showed a lot of class during that interview.
- [before a noun][Informal.]of high quality: She was a class act—never lost her temper and always treated people kindly.
- to place or arrange in a class; classify: [~ + object]to class doctors with lawyers.[~ + object + as + object]We classed them as believers in the same God as ourselves.
an abbreviation of:
- in a class by itself or oneself, having no equal; unequaled:a car in a class by itself;
was in a class by himself when it came to scoring goals.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
class /klɑːs/ n
- 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
- 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
- chiefly US a group of students who graduated in a specified year: the class of '53
- (in combination and as modifier) Brit a grade of attainment in a university honours degree: second-class honours
- one of several standards of accommodation in public transport
- informal excellence or elegance, esp in dress, design, or behaviour
- another name for set2
- proper class ⇒ a class which cannot itself be a member of other classes
- in a class of its own, in a class by oneself ⇒ unequalled; unparalleled
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin classis class, rank, fleet; related to Latin calāre to summon
- to have or assign a place within a group, grade, or class
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