Definition of class in English:

class

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Pronunciation: /klɑːs
 
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noun

1A set or category of things having some property or attribute in common and differentiated from others by kind, type, or quality: it has good accommodation for a hotel of this class a new class of heart drug
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  • Aristotle recognizes different sociopolitical classes or categories of women and men.
  • Things, like predicates, come in different sorts; and if there are ten classes or categories of predicate, there are ten classes or categories of things.
  • It is not possible to show that every instance of the subject class has this property.
Synonyms
1.1 Biology A principal taxonomic grouping that ranks above order and below phylum or division, such as Mammalia or Insecta.
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  • These phenotypic classes are discussed below, with reference to previously identified zebrafish melanocyte mutants.
  • The species are presented alphabetically within taxonomic classes.
  • Within the large arthropods we found that birds consistently reduced numbers from all taxonomic classes.
1.2British A division of candidates according to merit in a university examination: he received a third class in literae humaniores
2 [mass noun] A system of ordering society whereby people are divided into sets based on perceived social or economic status: people who are socially disenfranchised by class [as modifier]: the class system
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  • But the underlying economic and class systems were exactly the same as in Western capitalist countries.
  • The old two-tier class system will become three-tier and the most disadvantaged will have been sold down the river.
  • The central characteristic of the society we live in is that it is divided by class.
2.1 [count noun] A social division based on social or economic status: the ruling class
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  • The English ruling class had men of high calibre to call upon.
  • Poor people's energies should be refocused in united actions against the capitalist ruling class.
  • They portrayed the ruling capitalist class as all-powerful and able to exploit, manipulate and deceive workers at will.
2.2 (the classes) archaic The rich or educated.
2.3 informal Impressive stylishness in appearance or behaviour: she’s got class—she looks like a princess
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  • Critics say he is a mercenary and a poor trainer, but there have been flashes of class in his brief appearances in claret and amber.
  • Liverpool fans must distinguish between clusters of defeats and real decline in class.
  • In my opinion it just felt right, and captured a real sense of class and style.
Synonyms
style, stylishness, elegance, chic, sophistication, taste, refinement; quality, excellence, distinction, merit, prestige; Frenchsavoir faire, savoir vivre
humorous couth
3A group of students or pupils who are taught together: selected pupils act as representatives for the whole class
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  • The basic problem in state schools is not that pupils are taught together in classes which are too large.
  • I was really privileged being in the last class of graduate students taught by my theory of international law guru.
  • Teachers in Queensland schools are required to teach classes of 30 students.
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form, study group, school group, set, stream, band; year; North Americangrade
3.1An occasion when pupils meet with their teacher for instruction; a lesson: I was late for a class
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  • The strike went ahead although teachers did not suspend classes at high schools.
  • Just like a school teacher has their class planned out for the next day, so must you.
  • The way in which students enter and leave the art room can affect their learning as well as the art teacher's preparation for classes.
Synonyms
lesson, period, period of instruction; seminar, tutorial, workshop
3.2A course of instruction: I took classes in Indian music
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  • One nurse had not worked in nursing for a few years and was taking the class as a refresher course.
  • This last course is a class for art education majors and art majors interested in teaching.
  • Being able to review the coursework from other classes is a practical benefit that faculty members find appealing.
3.3chiefly North American All of the college or school students of a particular year: the class of 1999
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  • No doubt their absence has muted the impact of the class of 2004 on the college game.
  • Students from the class of 1964 along with their past teachers had a great night of craic and memories.
  • The information was based on an analysis of the numbers from the class of medical students set to begin their studies in the fall of 2004.

verb

[with object] (often be classed as) Back to top  
Assign or regard as belonging to a particular category: conduct which is classed as criminal
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  • The problem is that any sort of spending in Scottish football is classed as splashing the cash.
  • If they quit that accommodation, the report argues, they may be classed as intentionally homeless.
  • For taxation purposes, the deal has been officially classed as a demerger rather than a management buyout.
Synonyms
classify, categorize, group, grade, rate, type; order, sort, codify, file, index; bracket, designate, brand, mark down, label, pigeonhole; characterize; Medicinetriage

adjective

[attributive] informal Back to top  
Showing stylish excellence: he’s a class player
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  • There are no stupid comments about having 24 class players.
  • It's disappointing straight after the match, but I was beaten by a class player.
  • However, on Saturday he showed the class player he is scoring an effortless hundred and he would still be not out if we were playing now!
Synonyms

Origin

mid 16th century (in sense 3 of the noun): from Latin classis 'a division of the Roman people, a grade, or a class of pupils'.

Phrases

class A (or B or C) drug

An illegal narcotic drug classified as being of the most harmful and addictive (or a less harmful and addictive) kind, possession or sale of which incurs corresponding legal penalties.
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  • He was jailed for 30 months for possession of class A drugs, namely heroin and cocaine, with intent to supply.
  • He was jailed for nine years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs and possession of cocaine and cannabis.
  • People taking class A drugs (cocaine and heroin) cost society millions of pounds a year.

class act

informal A person or thing displaying impressive and stylish excellence: the writing and the look of the magazine make it a real class act
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  • The leader ran on like a real class act and finished really well to clock 30: 04.
  • All of the drivers were real class acts and did not consider us a bother.
  • But she didn't let this bother her at all and she proved to be a real class act.

a class apart

Much better than others of a similar kind: his songs were definitely a class apart
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  • For Ricky Ponting's Australians were simply a class apart.
  • Imperious, elegant, unruffled, he was a class apart.
  • Among professional institutions, the new apex institutions are considered to be in a class apart.

in a class of its (or one's) own

Unequalled, especially in excellence or performance: British advertising is in a class of its own for inventiveness
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  • For talent, performance, courage, survival and luck, both are in a class of their own.
  • This guy is in a class of his own, clearly taking pleasure in the performance as his fingers dance - blending blues, folk, rock and hillbilly fervour with a voice that echoes with conviction.
  • You are in a class of your own - don't let anyone knock you down!

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