clas·​sis ˈkla-sis How to pronounce classis (audio)
plural classes ˈkla-ˌsēz How to pronounce classis (audio)
: a governing body in some Reformed churches (as in the former Reformed Church in the U.S.) corresponding to a presbytery
: the district governed by a classis

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, class

First Known Use

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of classis was in 1590

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Cite this Entry

“Classis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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