Class meaning

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A division based on quality, rank, or grade, as:
  • A grade of mail.
    A package sent third class.
  • A quality of accommodation on public transport.
    Tourist class.
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A group of words belonging to the same grammatical category that share a particular set of morphological properties, such as a set of inflections.
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A set, collection, group, or configuration containing members regarded as having certain attributes or traits in common; a kind or category.
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The definition of a class is a group of people or things with something in common.

An example of a class is the third grade.

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Excellence, esp. of style or appearance.
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A collection of sets whose members share a specified property.
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A taxonomic category ranking below a phylum or division and above an order.
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An interval in a frequency distribution.
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To arrange, group, or rate according to qualities or characteristics; assign to a class; classify.
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A number of people or things grouped together because of certain likenesses or common traits; kind; sort; category.
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A group of people considered as a unit according to economic, occupational, or social status; esp., a social rank or caste.

The working class, the middle class.

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High social rank or caste.
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The division of society into ranks or castes.
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A division or grouping according to grade or quality.

As orators, the two councilors were not in the same class.

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Conscripted troops, or men liable to conscription, all of whom were born in the same year.

Called up the class of 1952

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A major category in the classification of animals, plants, etc., ranking above an order and below a division or phylum: it can include one order or many similar orders: the Latinized class names are capitalized but not italicized (Ex.: Mammalia, mammals)
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In some languages, the formal classification by which nouns are grouped according to animateness, sex, shape, and other criteria.
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To put in a class; classify.
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First-class; very good.
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Elegant; classy.
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Classification.
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A set, collection, group, or configuration containing members regarded as having certain attributes or traits in common; a kind or category.
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A taxonomic category ranking below a phylum or division and above an order.
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An interval in a frequency distribution.
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To arrange, group, or rate according to qualities or characteristics; assign to a class; classify.
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A taxonomic category of organisms ranking above an order and below a phylum or division. In modern taxonomic schemes, the names of classes end in –phyceae for the various groups of algae, –mycetes for fungi, and –opsida for plants (as in Liliopsida, the class of plants also termed monocotyledons). The names of classes belonging to phyla of the animal kingdom, however, are formed in various ways, as Osteichthyes the bony fishes, Aves, the birds, and Mammalia, the mammals, all of which are classes belonging to the subphylum Vertebrata (the vertebrates) in the phylum Chordata.
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(1) In object technology, a user-defined data type that defines a collection of objects that share the same characteristics. An object, or class member, is one instance of the class. Concrete classes are designed to be instantiated. Abstract classes are designed to pass on characteristics through inheritance. See instantiate.
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A category of activities, objects, people, or qualities that have, or are considered to have, certain attributes or characteristics in common.
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An identifiable group of individuals that a regulation or statute deals with or acts upon differently than it does other people. If the group is identified by gender, race, national origin, or religion, such a group is called a protected class or a suspect class. See also suspect classification.
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A group of individuals who have, with the plaintiff in a civil action, a common interest in the subject, facts, and legal issues that the action is based on and who seek to collectively participate in the action so all their claims can be adjudicated in a single proceeding. For example, the passengers of a cruise ship who became ill due to the cruise line’s negligence may constitute a class.
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A group of individuals who will share a testamentary gift upon the death of a testator but whose exact number and identity is not known until the testator’s death. For example, if a gift is “to my children who survive me,” it will not be known until the testator’s death who those children are. See also gift.
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Also known as custom calling services. A group of network-based services offered by local exchange carriers (LECs) through the public switched telephone network (PSTN). CLASS services include anonymous call rejection, automatic callback, calling name delivery, calling number delivery, calling number blocking, call waiting, distinctive ringing, call trace, ring again, selective call acceptance, selective call forwarding, selective call rejection, and selective call screening. For more detail, see also the preceding terms.
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(countable) A group, collection, category or set sharing characteristics or attributes.
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To divide into classes, as students; to form into, or place in, a class or classes.
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(Ireland, UK, slang) Great; fabulous.
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Origin of class

  • French classe from Latin classis class of citizens kelə-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French classe, from Latin classis (“a class or division of the people, assembly of people, the whole body of citizens called to arms, the army, the fleet, later a class or division in general”)
    From Wiktionary