class

noun, often attributive
\ˈklas \
plural classes

Definition of class 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a body of students meeting regularly to study the same subject Several students in the class are absent today.

b : the period during which such a body meets

c : a course of instruction is doing well in her algebra class

d : a body of students or alumni whose year of graduation is the same donated by the class of 1995

2a : a group sharing the same economic or social status the working class

b : social rank especially : high social rank the classes as opposed to the masses

c : high quality : elegance a hotel with class

3 : a group, set, or kind sharing common attributes: such as

a : a major category in biological taxonomy ranking above the order and below the phylum or division

b : a collection of adjacent and discrete or continuous values of a random variable

c : set sense 21

d : a property of a geometric curve that is equal to the number of tangents that can be drawn to it through any point not on the curve A curve is said to be of the nth degree or order when any right line meets it in n points and of the nth class when n tangents can be drawn to it through any assumed point.— George Salmon

4 : a division or rating based on grade or quality a class B movie

5 : the best of its kind the class of the league

6 : a data type in object-oriented programming that consists of a group of objects (see object entry 1 sense 6a) with the same properties and behaviors and that can be arranged in a hierarchy with other such data types

class

verb
classed; classing; classes

Definition of class (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: classify She was classed as a part-time worker.

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Examples of class in a Sentence

Noun

There are 20 students in the class. Several people in the class are absent today. This class is really difficult. He will be teaching an American history class next semester. The college offers classes in computer programming and engineering. She is taking a class on psychology. What classes are you taking this semester? I have an English class this morning. My class got out early today. I have already missed two classes.

Verb

I would class that suggestion as helpful, so let's make a note of it.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The big growth in yoga and meditation is clearly linked to better availability, with a boom in studios, classes, and apps, some of them free and online. Eliza Barclay, Vox, "The growth of yoga and meditation in the US since 2012 is remarkable," 11 Nov. 2018 Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Wall Street Journal Before the purchase, Ms. Smith took a class for aspiring innkeepers, then shadowed the sellers before taking over. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "A New Breed of Innkeepers for the Airbnb Era," 8 Nov. 2018 Though we were first introduced to him at a weight-loss class with Kate in the first season, his weight—unlike Kate’s—never really seemed like his full story. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Season 3 Episode 5 Tells the Heartbreaking Truth About Toby," 23 Oct. 2018 Like the Seawolf class, SSN(X) will be large and a deep diver. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy’s Next Attack Submarine Will Be Big, Expensive," 22 Oct. 2018 Controlling for the fathers’ postwar socioeconomic status like wealth, occupational class, and county population density did not alter the results, nor did the sons’ marital status or occupation or the mothers’ wealth or lifespan. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Trauma of US Civil War POW experience affected the next generation," 22 Oct. 2018 Smaller cities like Puebla, Mexico; Nashville; Bruges, Belgium; and Minneapolis—because of their relative calm, creative class, and affordability—are on our readers' radar like never before. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Travelogue Podcast: Inside the 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 19 Oct. 2018 Panay talked up the accompanying Surface Pen, with 4,096 levels of pressure and best-in-class ink latency. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft launches next-gen Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop, Surface Studio and more," 2 Oct. 2018 The several hours of schooling every day, which might include a civics class in American history and laws, though not necessarily the ones that led to their incarceration. BostonGlobe.com, "A migrant child’s days in detention included cleaning toilets," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Failure to remove the abusive ads will cause Chrome to block every ad on the site — regardless of whether they are classed as abusive or not. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Chrome will soon ad-block an entire website if it shows abusive ads," 5 Nov. 2018 The island, which is classed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, hosted the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge, which is part of the Invictus Games. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Just Traveled to Cockatoo Island Wearing the Coolest Shades," 20 Oct. 2018 On Tuesday, students at Great Mills High School returned to class for the first time since a student shot and killed a former girlfriend and then himself. Washington Post, "Maryland Senate panel approves school safety standards bill," 4 Apr. 2018 If the subway is a disaster, that’s no excuse for being late, whether to class or a work call. New York Times, "Falling for the Lure of the Stage. The Backstage.," 18 June 2018 But when Padilla brought the wooden structure to class the next day, the students were amused. BostonGlobe.com, "Students check their devices at the cellphone hotel," 1 June 2018 In the media interview room Saturday, the Warriors, to class up the playoffs, piped in retro jazz between interview sessions. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "McGee’s defense stands out at starting center against Spurs," 14 Apr. 2018 Long mistaken for fungi, they are now classed as a type of amoeba. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "Slime Molds Remember—But Do They Learn?," 14 July 2018 The American system of climbing grades is based off the Yosemite Decimal System (YDS), which begins with class 1 (hiking) to class 5 (uber-technical rock climbing). Emily Abbate, GQ, "Everything You Need to Know Before Joining a Rock Climbing Gym," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of class

Noun

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

1642, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for class

Noun

French classe, from Latin classis group called to military service, fleet, class; perhaps akin to Latin calare to call — more at low

Verb

see class entry 1

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The first known use of class was in 1583

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class

noun

English Language Learners Definition of class

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a group of students who meet regularly to be taught a subject or activity

: a series of meetings in which students are taught a particular subject or activity : a course of instruction

: one of the meetings in which students are taught a particular subject or activity

class

verb

English Language Learners Definition of class (Entry 2 of 2)

: to decide that (someone or something) belongs to a particular group

class

noun
\ˈklas \

Kids Definition of class

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a group of students who are taught together regularly I'm the youngest in my class.

2 : one of the meetings of students being taught I'm late for class.

3 : a course of instruction a class in science

4 : a group of students who graduate together the senior class

5 : a group of people in a society who are at the same level of wealth or social status the working class

6 : a group of related living things (as plants or animals) that ranks above the order and below the phylum or division in scientific classification Birds and mammals form two separate classes in the animal kingdom.

7 : a category (as of goods or services) based on quality

class

verb
classed; classing

Kids Definition of class (Entry 2 of 2)

: classify “… I cannot be classed with ordinary insects …”— L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz

class

noun, often attributive
\ˈklas \

Medical Definition of class 

: a group, set, or kind marked by common attributes or a common attribute especially : a major category in biological taxonomy ranking above the order and below the phylum or division the class Mammalia

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class

noun

Legal Definition of class 

: a group of persons or things having characteristics in common: as

a : a group of persons who have some common relationship to a person making a will and are designated to receive a gift under the will but whose identities will not be determined until sometime in the future — see also class gift at gift

b : a group of securities (as stocks or bonds) having similar distinguishing features (as voting rights or priority of redemption)

c : a group whose members are represented in a class action

d : protected class

e : a group of crimes forming a category distinguished by a common characteristic (as the use of violence or the requirement for a maximum penalty) murder is a class A felony

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