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class

noun, often attributive \ ˈklas \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of class

plural classes
1 a :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
2 a :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 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 with the same properties and behaviors and that is arranged in a hierarchy with other such data types — compare object

Examples of class in a Sentence

  1. There are 20 students in the class.

  2. Several people in the class are absent today.

  3. This class is really difficult.

  4. He will be teaching an American history class next semester.

  5. The college offers classes in computer programming and engineering.

  6. She is taking a class on psychology.

  7. What classes are you taking this semester?

  8. I have an English class this morning.

  9. My class got out early today.

  10. I have already missed two classes.

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Origin and Etymology of class

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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class

verb

Definition of class

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

Examples of class in a Sentence

  1. I would class that suggestion as helpful, so let's make a note of it.

Recent Examples of class from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of class

see 1class



CLASS Defined for English Language Learners

class

noun

Definition of class for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of class for English Language Learners

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


CLASS Defined for Kids

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class

noun \ ˈklas \

Definition of class for Students

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

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class

verb

Definition of class for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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

Law Dictionary

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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