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1 people having the same social or economic status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class" [syn: social class, socio-economic class]
2 a body of students who are taught together; "early morning classes are always sleepy" [syn: form, grade]
3 education imparted in a series of lessons or class meetings; "he took a course in basket weaving"; "flirting is not unknown in college classes" [syn: course, course of study, course of instruction]
4 a collection of things sharing a common attribute; "there are two classes of detergents" [syn: category, family]
5 a body of students who graduate together; "the class of '97"; "she was in my year at Hoehandle High" [syn: year]
6 a league ranked by quality; "he played baseball in class D for two years"; "Princeton is in the NCAA Division 1-AA" [syn: division]
7 elegance in dress or behavior; "she has a lot of class"
8 (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more orders v : arrange or order by classes or categories; "How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?" [syn: classify, sort, assort, sort out, separate]

User Contributed Dictionary




From classe, from classis.


  1. A group, collection, category or set sharing characteristics or attributes.
    The new Ford Fiesta is set to be best in the 'small family' class.
    Often used to imply membership of a large class.
    This word has a whole class of metaphoric extensions.
  2. A social grouping, based on job, wealth, etc. In Britain, society is commonly split into three main classes; upper class, middle class and working class.
  3. The division of society into classes.
    Jane Austen's works deal with class in 18th-century England.
  4. Admirable behavior; elegance.
    Apologizing for losing your temper, even though you were badly provoked, showed real class.
  5. In the context of "countable|and|uncountable": A group of students in a regularly scheduled meeting with a teacher.
    The class was noisy, but the teacher was able to get their attention with a story.
  6. A series of classes covering a single subject.
    I took the cooking class for enjoyment, but I also learned a lot.
  7. A group of students who commenced or completed their education during a particular year. A school class.
    The class of 1982 was particularly noteworthy.
  8. A category of seats in an airplane, train or other means of mass transportation.
    I used to fly business class, but now my company can only afford economy.
  9. In the context of "biology|taxonomy|countable": A rank in the classification of organisms, below phylum and above order; a taxon of that rank
    Magnolias belong to the class Magnoliopsida.
  10. A set of objects possibly differing in state but not behavior.
  11. A collection of sets definable by a shared property.
    The class of all sets is not a set.
group, collection, category or set sharing characteristics or attributes
social grouping, based on job, wealth, etc.
division of society into classes
admirable behavior; elegance
group of students in a regularly scheduled meeting with a teacher
series of classes covering a single subject
group of students who commenced or completed their education during a particular year
category of seats in an airplane, train or other means of mass transportation
classification below Phylum and above Order
programming: set of objects possibly differing in state but not behavior
collection of sets definable by a shared property


  1. To assign to a class.
    I would class this with most of the other mediocre works of the period.


to assign to a class


  1. In the context of "UK|slang": great; fabulous

Extensive Definition

Class may refer to:


Media, entertainment and sport

Technology and industry

Computer science


class in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Кляса
class in Breton: Klas (digejañ)
class in Catalan: Classe
class in Czech: Třída
class in Danish: Klasse
class in German: Klasse
class in Spanish: Clase
class in Esperanto: Klaso
class in French: Classe
class in Galician: Clase
class in Korean: 클래스
class in Italian: Classe
class in Lithuanian: Klasė
class in Dutch: Klasse
class in Japanese: クラス
class in Norwegian: Klasse
class in Polish: Klasa
class in Portuguese: Classe
class in Romanian: Clasă (dezambiguizare)
class in Russian: Класс
class in Simple English: Class
class in Slovak: Trieda
class in Finnish: Luokka
class in Swedish: Klass
class in Vietnamese: Lớp
class in Turkish: Sınıf
class in Ukrainian: Клас
class in Chinese: 类

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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