- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /klɑːs/, enPR: kläs
- (General American) IPA(key): /klæs/, enPR: klăs
- (NYC) IPA(key): /kleəs/
- (Ireland, Scotland, Northern England) IPA(key): /klas/
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- Rhymes: -ɑːs, -æs
- Hyphenation: class
- (countable) A group, collection, category or set sharing characteristics or attributes.
2011 October 1, Saj Chowdhury, “Wolverhampton 1-2 Newcastle”, in BBC Sport:
- The Magpies are unbeaten and enjoying their best run since 1994, although few would have thought the class of 2011 would come close to emulating their ancestors.
- The new Ford Fiesta is set to be best in the 'small family' class.
- That is one class-A heifer you got there, sonny.
- Often used to imply membership of a large class.
- This word has a whole class of metaphoric extensions.
- (countable) 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.
2013 June 28, Joris Luyendijk, “Our banks are out of control”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 3, page 21:
- Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic […]. Until 2008 there was denial over what finance had become. […] But the scandals kept coming, and so we entered stage three – what therapists call "bargaining". A broad section of the political class now recognises the need for change but remains unable to see the necessity of a fundamental overhaul. Instead it offers fixes and patches.
- (uncountable) The division of society into classes.
- Jane Austen's works deal with class in 18th-century England.
- (uncountable) Admirable behavior; elegance.
- Apologizing for losing your temper, even though you were badly provoked, showed real class.
- (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.
- A series of classes covering a single subject.
- I took the cooking class for enjoyment, but I also learned a lot.
- (countable) A group of students who commenced or completed their education during a particular year. A school class.
- The class of 1982 was particularly noteworthy.
- (countable) 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.
- (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.
- Best of its kind.
1913 June 27, “The Crime Is Not in Making a Mistake, but in Repeating It.”, in Chicago Tribune:
- The mark made by Cory a new Central A. U. mark and he appears to be the class of the field in this event.
1929 October 27, “89,000 Watch So. California Defeat Stanford, 7 to 0”, in Chicago Tribune:
- University of Southern California's 7 to 0 defeat of the mighty Cardinal team ranked the victors the class of the far west
2009 May 8, “Waianae forces OIA rematch”, in Honolulu Star-Bulletin:
- Roosevelt (14-1) looked very much like the class of the OIA.
- It is the class of Italian bottled waters.
- (mathematics) A collection of sets definable by a shared property.
- The class of all sets is not a set.
- (military) A group of people subject to be conscripted in the same military draft, or more narrowly those persons actually conscripted in a particular draft.
- (object-oriented programming) A set of objects having the same behavior (but typically differing in state), or a template defining such a set.
- One of the sections into which a Methodist church or congregation is divided, supervised by a class leader.
- See also Wikisaurus:class
Hyponyms of class
programming, object-oriented: A set of objects having the same behavior or a template defining such a set
group, collection, category or set sharing characteristics or attributes
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
best of its kind
military: persons subject to the same draft
(programming, object-oriented) set of objects possibly differing in state but not behavior
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- (transitive) To assign to a class; to classify.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 2, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, […]; and the way she laughed, cackling like a hen, the way she talked to the waiters and the maid, […]—all these unexpected phenomena impelled one to hysterical mirth, and made one class her with such immortally ludicrous types as Ally Sloper, the Widow Twankey, or Miss Moucher.
- I would class this with most of the other mediocre works of the period.
- (intransitive) To be grouped or classed.
- The genus or family under which it classes. — Tatham.
- (transitive) To divide into classes, as students; to form into, or place in, a class or classes.
to assign to a class
class (not comparable)
Most common English words before 1923: greatly · floor · example · #983: class · century · sorry · share
- class in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- class in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911