Definition of class in English:

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Pronunciation: /klas/


1A set or category of things having some property or attribute in common and differentiated from others by kind, type, or quality: the accommodations were good 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.
category, grade, rating, classification, group, grouping
kind, sort, type, variety, genre, brand;
species, genus, breed, strain, stripe
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.
2The system of ordering a society in which 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.
2.1A 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 behavior: 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.
style, stylishness, elegance, chic, sophistication, taste, refinement, quality, excellence
3A group of students who are taught together.
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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.
3.1An occasion when students 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.
lesson, period;
seminar, tutorial, workshop, study group
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 those graduating from a school or college in a particular year: the class of 1907
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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.


[with object] (often be classed as)
Assign or regard as belonging to a particular category: conduct that 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.
classify, categorize, group, grade;
order, sort, codify;
bracket, designate, label, pigeonhole


[attributive] informal
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!
classy, decent, gracious, respectable, noble



class act

A person or thing displaying impressive and stylish excellence.
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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.

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

Unequaled, especially in excellence or performance: the delicacy of English roses puts them in a class of their own
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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!


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

Words that rhyme with class

brass, carse, coup de grâce, farce, glass, grass, Grasse, impasse, Kars, kick-ass, kvass, Laplace, Maas, Madras, outclass, pass, sparse, stained glass, surpass, upper class, volte-face

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