class

noun, often attributive
\ ˈklas How to pronounce class (audio) \
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
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

His intense personality was defined by his honesty, straightforwardness, and class, as well as his keen intellect and his deep love of family. courant.com, "Joseph A. Gonenc," 13 June 2019 Each class, led by artist instructor Yamilette Carrión, will explore a different art concept and artist, and all supplies will be provided. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Avid bowler marks 100th birthday at bowling alley," 13 June 2019 Its programs include storytelling, film, theater, imagination workshops, maker sessions (like canoe-building), journalism classes and summer camps. Jen Banowetz, chicagotribune.com, "Have some folky fun at Riverside fest at Cantigny," 13 June 2019 Edwards will become a professor of practice at the school, serving as a guest lecturer in classes and conducting regular discussions on sports and the media at Cronkite. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Arizona State football coach Herm Edwards adds teaching job at Cronkite," 13 June 2019 Through assignments in the field, classes, and critiques, our photo workshops will challenge and inspire you to take your photography to the next level. National Geographic, "Our Trips," 12 June 2019 Deshawn Jones, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound three-star class of 2020 cornerback from Akron (East High), revealed his commitment via Twitter. Fletcher Page, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bearcats, Luke Fickell land pledge from in-state DB Deshawn Jones," 11 June 2019 If students sign up for both classes, the total cost is $345. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "Glade Arts Foundation offers camp for kids; new bar for adults in the works," 10 June 2019 The event provided handmade banana, strawberry and pepper costumes, plus activities such as fitness classes, face painting, raffles and an appearance from the Los Angeles Chargers’ street team. Priscella Vega, latimes.com, "Costume-clad crowd falls short of world record in ‘Huntington Peach’ attempt," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

His music simply isn’t self-indulgent enough to be classed with the newer styles that were brewing in France and Eastern Europe. Daniel Gelernter, National Review, "‘Bach to the Future’: Concert to Make One Feel Lucky to Live in New York," 8 June 2019 Of course, the couple are also expected to be seen at a christening for their son or daughter but this won’t be classed as an official appearance. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Maternity Leave Is “Likely to be Longer” Than Three Months," 26 Apr. 2019 In Catholic Europe, notions of family honor and female reputation usually meant that victims had to marry their rapists or be classed as ruined. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "The Struggle Before #MeToo," 23 Aug. 2018 Show up to class several minutes beforehand and say hello to the instructor. SELF, "13 Things to Know Before Signing Up for Your First HIIT Workout Class," 3 Jan. 2019 Her death was reported on widely in Indian media, and the police investigation has taken numerous turns since, including, at one point, classing her death as a possible case of murder. Swati Gupta, CNN, "Indian politician Shashi Tharoor facing charges over wife's death," 15 May 2018 Ostensibly, when faced with a student population riddled with fear for even going to class, and a record high number of deadly school shootings, the school administration should consider strategies to keep students safe. Anthony Gerace, Teen Vogue, "Betsy DeVos Says She Wants to Keep Schools Safe and Equitable. Her Policies Tell a Different Story," 28 Aug. 2018 Up next, shocking violence south of the border and an incredible video of Antifa classing with ICE agents, wow. Fox News, "Watters' Words: A tale of two tours," 15 July 2018 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

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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 and Verb

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

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More Definitions for class

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 How to pronounce class (audio) \

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 How to pronounce class (audio) \

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
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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