class meaning

[ klɑ:s ] Pronunciation:   "class" in a sentence
Noun: class  klãs
  1. A collection of things sharing a common attribute
    "there are two classes of detergents"
    - category, family 
  2. A body of students who are taught together
    "early morning classes are always sleepy"
    - form, grade [N. Amer], course 
  3. People having the same social, economic, or educational status
    "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
    - stratum, social class, socio-economic class 
  4. Education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings
    "flirting is not unknown in college classes"
    - course, course of study, course of instruction 
  5. A league ranked by quality
    "he played baseball in class D for two years"
    - division 
  6. A body of students who graduate together
    "the class of '97"
    - year 
  7. (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more orders 
  8. Elegance in dress or behaviour
    "she has a lot of class"
Verb: class  klãs
  1. Arrange or order by classes or categories
    - classify, sort, assort, sort out, separate

Derived forms: classed, classes, classing

See also: classify, classy

Type of: accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, categorise [Brit], categorize, collection, conference, didactics, education, educational activity, elegance, gathering, instruction, league, pedagogy, people, taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group, teaching

Part of: class structure, phylum, society

Encyclopedia: Class

[American slang]
1. n. high style; elegance.
• The dame's got class, but no brains.
• Class isn't worth much in this neighborhood.

[British slang]
Noun. Of distinction, high quality, excellent. E.g."We went to the boxing last night - it was class fight that went the full distance.”


As applied to concrete: a characterization according to some quality (such as compressive strength) or usage.

AmE / noun


1 [C, usually pl.]

a series of lessons on a particular subject:

The institute holds classes in/on accounting throughout the year.


❖ to attend/go to/take classes

◆ to have/hold/offer/teach a class

2 [C with sing./pl. verb]

one of the groups of people in a society that are thought of as being at the same social or economic level:

The new taxes will hurt all classes of society.

the professional classes

3 [C]

a group of things that have similar characteristics or qualities:

The painkiller is part of a new class of drugs.

It's the best computer available in its class.

The company is trying to develop a new class of high-technology toys.

4 [C]

each of several different levels of comfort that are available to travellers in a plane, etc.

A type or category of security. The two principal classes are stocks and bonds.

In the case of derivative products, options of the same type-put or call-with the same underlying security. See: Series. In general, refers to a category of assets such as: domestic equity, fixed income, etc.

n often attrib : a group, set, or kind marked by common attributes or a common attribute; esp : a major category in biological taxonomy ranking above the order and below the phylum or division ‹the class Mammalia includes the most advanced vertebrates including humans›

1. <programming> The prototype for an object in an object-oriented language; analogous to a derived type in a procedural language. A class may also be considered to be a set of objects which share a common structure and behaviour. The structure of a class is determined by the class variables which represent the state of an object of that class and the behaviour is given by a set of methods associated with the class.

Classes are related in a class hierarchy. One class may be a specialisation (a "subclass") of another (one of its "superclasses") or it may be composed of other classes or it may use other classes in a client-server relationship. A class may be an abstract class or a concrete class.

See also signature.

2. <programming> See type class.

3. <networking> One of three types of Internet addresses distinguished by their most significant bits.

3. <language> A language developed by the Andrew Project. It was one of the first attempts to add object-oriented features to C.


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  1. i would like to enroll in this cooking class.
  2. she is a regular attendee at evening classes.
  3. as a cook, she was in a class by herself.
  4. the children continually disturbed the class.
  5. most of these classes must be disjointed.

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