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

Be sure to visit Friends of the Cosmic Campground for a calendar of classes, star parties, and astronomical events. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "These Are the Best Stargazing Spots in North America," 13 July 2018 Women who are average in physics classes, on the other hand, are often better at other subjects. Barbara Oakley, WSJ, "Why Do Women Shun STEM? It’s Complicated," 13 July 2018 In addition to his professional career, Mr. Middelton taught evening banking and industrial management classes at the Johns Hopkins University, from 1957 to 1970. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "James W. 'Bill' Middelton, former bank president and investment banker, dies," 13 July 2018 Race and class continue to be the main factors in marginalization for LGBTQ people. Kt Hawbaker, chicagotribune.com, "At MCA, Jack Halberstam and Grindr's Zach Stafford to discuss the internet's transformative, queer power," 12 July 2018 An examination of Harbaugh’s first four recruiting classes, though, reveals a low number of signees from Ohio. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football is rebuilding its recruiting pipeline in Ohio. Here's why.," 12 July 2018 And oftentimes racial, class, and gender biases get in the way of empathetic identification. Brian Resnick, Vox, "A sociologist explains why we make spectacle out of trauma like the Thai cave boys," 11 July 2018 The plane has two classes: business (67 seats) and premium economy (94 seats), both offering what might be considered the luxury of room in these generally tight times. Catharine Hamm, latimes.com, "Singapore Airlines reintroducing nonstop LAX-Singapore flights," 11 July 2018 King Liz' So many contemporary themes — power, gender, race and class — crowd the court in playwright Fernanda Coppel's story about agent Liz Rico, a powerful woman in a man's world of professional sports. Sandy Guerra-cline, star-telegram, "River rockers, kid actors and peaches make the top 10 list of things to do in DFW," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Trump's trip is classed as an official visit, rather than the full-scale state visit, hosted by the queen, for which May invited Trump soon after his January 2017 inauguration. Fox News, "Trump's UK trip includes palace pomp, aims to avoid protests," 6 July 2018 One of my students, Ruben, was showing up to class chronically late, if at all. Samantha Facciolo, Marie Claire, "I Teach Kids Who Were Separated From Their Parents. Here's How They Cope.," 22 June 2018 This week’s openings The International | Kensington The crew from Standard Tap and Johnny Brenda’s classed up the old Shenanigan’s Under the El (Front Street and Cecil B. Moore Ave.). Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Philly dining with a view | Let's Eat," 13 June 2018 Maybe Penn could build a second pedestrian bridge above 38th St., like the one to the north that carries crowds of students to class on Locust Walk. Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, "Can an ex-love nest motel on the Schuylkill River tie Penn's campuses together?," 18 Apr. 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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