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class /klæs/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
[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.
- [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.
- Education[countable] a group of students graduated in the same year:the class of '92.
- Sociologya 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.
- Informal Terms[uncountable] Informal. grace or dignity, as in behavior:She showed a lot of class during that interview.
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.
(klas, kläs), n.
[Informal.]of high quality, integrity, status, or style:class players on a mediocre team.
to place or arrange in a class;
- a number of persons or things regarded as forming a group by reason of common attributes, characteristics, qualities, or traits;
sort:a class of objects used in daily living.
- Educationa group of students meeting regularly to study a subject under the guidance of a teacher:The class had arrived on time for the lecture.
- Educationthe period during which a group of students meets for instruction.
- Educationa meeting of a group of students for instruction.
- Educationa classroom.
- Educationa number of pupils in a school, or of students in a college, pursuing the same studies, ranked together, or graduated in the same year:She graduated from Ohio State, class of '72.
- Sociologya social stratum sharing basic economic, political, or cultural characteristics, and having the same social position:Artisans form a distinct class in some societies.
- the system of dividing society; caste.
- social rank, esp. high rank.
- the members of a given group in society, regarded as a single entity.
- any division of persons or things according to rank or grade:Hotels were listed by class, with the most luxurious ones listed first.
exceptional merit:She's a good performer, but she lacks class.
- Eastern Religions[Hinduism.]any of the four social divisions, the Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaisya, and Shudra, of Hindu society; varna. Cf. caste (def. 2).
- Informal Terms[Informal.]elegance, grace, or dignity, as in dress and behavior:He may be a slob, but his brother has real class.
- any of several grades of accommodations available on ships, airplanes, and the like:We bought tickets for first class.
- [Informal.]the best or among the best of its kind:This new plane is the class of the wide-bodied airliners.
- Biology[Biol.]the usual major subdivision of a phylum or division in the classification of organisms, usually consisting of several orders.
- British Terms[Brit. Univ.]any of three groups into which candidates for honors degrees are divided according to merit on the basis of final examinations.
- drafted or conscripted soldiers, or persons available for draft or conscription, all of whom were born in the same year.
- Grammar[Gram.]See form class.
- Religion(in early Methodism) one of several small companies, each composed of about 12 members under a leader, into which each society or congregation was divided.
- Statistics[Statistics.]a group of measurements that fall within a specified interval.
- Mathematics[Math.]a set; a collection.
- the classes, the higher ranks of society, as distinguished from the masses.
classify:to class justice with wisdom.
to take or have a place in a particular class:those who class as believers.
class up, [Informal.]to improve the quality, tone, or status of; add elegance, dignity, style, etc., to:The new carpet and curtains really class up this room.
See collective noun.
- Latin: class, division, fleet, army; singular class back formation from plural
- earlier classis, plural classes 1590–1600
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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