- 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 drugMore example sentences
category, grade, rating, classification, group, grouping, bracket, set, divisionkind, sort, type, order, variety, genre, brand; species, genus, family, generation, breed, strain, denomination; stamp, ilk, kidney, style, cast, grain, mould; North American stripe• technical phylum
- 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.
- 1.1 Biology A principal taxonomic grouping that ranks above order and below phylum or division, such as Mammalia or Insecta.More example sentences
- 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.
- 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 systemMore example sentences
- 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 classMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.3 • informal Impressive stylishness in appearance or behaviour: she’s got class—she looks like a princessMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3A group of students or pupils who are taught together: selected pupils act as representatives for the whole classMore example sentences
- 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 pupils meet with their teacher for instruction; a lesson: I was late for a classMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3.2A course of instruction: I took classes in Indian musicMore example sentences
- 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 1999More example sentences
- 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 criminalMore example sentences
- 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.
adjective[attributive] • informal Back to top
- Showing stylish excellence: he’s a class playerMore example sentences
excellent, very good, first-rate, first-class, marvellous, wonderful, magnificent, outstanding, superlative, superb, formidable, virtuoso, masterly, expert, champion, fine, consummate, skilful, adept• informal great, terrific, tremendous, smashing, fantastic, sensational, stellar, fabulous, fab, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, crack, hotshot, A1, mean, demon, awesome, magic, wicked, tip-top, top-notch• vulgar slang shit-hot
- 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!
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.More example sentences
- 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.
- • informal A person or thing displaying impressive and stylish excellence: the writing and the look of the magazine make it a real class actMore example sentences
- 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 apartMore example sentences
- 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 inventivenessMore example sentences
- 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 (in sense 3 of the noun): from Latin classis 'a division of the Roman people, a grade, or a class of pupils'.