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

Black said the situation depressed her and caused her to withdraw from classes. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "Former Va. Gov. Doug Wilder kissed a 20-year-old college student against her will, investigation finds," 10 July 2019 The second circuit started off with one of my favorite moves from the class. Hannah Harper, Health.com, "I Worked Out With Ashley Graham—and My Abs Were on Fire," 8 July 2019 The test that kept the most people in my class from passing: turning the bike around within a space the width of a parking spot, without touching your feet to the ground. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Started in Motorcycles," 8 July 2019 With the agreement, the Padres have signed their first 11 picks from the 2019 class and 30 of their 41 selections ahead of the July 12 deadline. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres sign sixth-rounder Drake Fellows," 5 July 2019 While the headliners for summer league hail from the rookie class, sophomore former lottery picks are also players to watch. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Zion Williamson headlines another fascinating year at NBA summer league in Las Vegas," 5 July 2019 The Cincinnati Bearcats' football coaching staff landed a Fourth of July verbal pledge from a class of 2020 recruit on Thursday. Fletcher Page, Cincinnati.com, "UC football lands pledge from Ohio ATH Tyler Scott," 4 July 2019 Fryar is also the fourth prospect from the class that committed after the big official visit weekend of June 21. Tim Bielik, cleveland.com, "3-star center Josh Fryar from Indiana commits to Ohio State: Buckeyes football recruiting," 4 July 2019 In the wickedly hilarious climax of the novel, the Bunnies show up to their last class bruised, bleeding, and ready, finally, to get real. Hermione Hoby, The New Yorker, "What Does It Mean to Be a “Real” Writer?," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

To this day, the American common man remains strongly coded in racial, classed, and religious terms. Sarah Churchwell, The New York Review of Books, "America’s Original Identity Politics," 7 Feb. 2019 Expectations are obviously high and not getting to a semi-final would probably be classed as a bit of a disappointment. SI.com, "Women's World Cup: Jordan Nobbs on England's Aspirations & Taking on a New Role This Summer," 5 June 2019 Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Phillips was born on May 15, 1981, and she was next seen in public at Charles and Diana’s wedding that July, although this is not classed as an engagement. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How Will Meghan Markle's Maternity Leave Compare with Queen Elizabeth's?," 14 Apr. 2019 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

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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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