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
c : a collection of elements (such as numbers or points) : 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 Prior to his promotion to head coach, Oregon had never signed the top recruiting class in the Pac-10/12. oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2021 The class includes basics, technique and terminology. Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 Registrants will receive an email with a link to join the class at least an hour before the start time. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 17 Sep. 2021 Hunter has been one of the early surprises for Auburn this season, and the freshman has quickly established himself as the steal of the Tigers’ 2021 recruiting class. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 16 Sep. 2021 The 2021 class consists of him, Jay Don Blake, Haloti Ngata, Courtney Young Johnson and Teri Okelberry Spiers. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Sep. 2021 Consider offensive tackle Tommy Brockermeyer, one of headliners in the 2021 class, is the son for former Texas All-American Blake Brockermeyer. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 16 Sep. 2021 This represents about 45 percent of the incoming class, which includes 2,423 freshmen and 1,851 transfer students, according to university officials. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Sep. 2021 One adjustment idea is to move the eighth-grade class to Fallston High if the middle school reaches 105% capacity, according to the report. Kristen Griffith, baltimoresun.com, 16 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His order comes as school districts across the state and the country are navigating the safest way to return students to class as a fresh surge of Covid-19 cases is fueled by the dangerous and highly contagious Delta variant. CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 The Plano school board voted earlier this week to require masks inside schools, but left a loophole for the parents opposed to sending their children to class with a face covering. Talia Richman, Dallas News, 27 Aug. 2021 His order comes as school districts across the state and the country are navigating the safest way to return students to class as a fresh surge of Covid-19 cases is fueled by the dangerous and highly contagious Delta variant. CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 His order comes as school districts across the state and the country are navigating the safest way to return students to class as a fresh surge of Covid-19 cases is fueled by the dangerous and highly contagious Delta variant. CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 His order comes as school districts across the state and the country are navigating the safest way to return students to class as a fresh surge of Covid-19 cases is fueled by the dangerous and highly contagious Delta variant. CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 His order comes as school districts across the state and the country are navigating the safest way to return students to class as a fresh surge of Covid-19 cases is fueled by the dangerous and highly contagious Delta variant. Christina Maxouris, CNN, 30 July 2021 Volunteers drove the students to class in the morning and back home at the end of the day. Graciela Mochkofsk, The New Yorker, 27 July 2021 Not everyone can just show up to class the day of an exam and pass without having to study night after night. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 26 July 2021

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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 entry 3

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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 : classify

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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