Meaning of CLASS in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ klɑ:s, klæs ]

( classes, classing, classed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


A class is a group of pupils or students who are taught together.

He had to spend about six months in a class with younger students...

Reducing class sizes should be a top priority.



A class is a course of teaching in a particular subject.

He acquired a law degree by taking classes at night...

I go to dance classes here in New York.

= lesson

N-COUNT : oft n N


If you do something in class , you do it during a lesson in school.

There is lots of reading in class.



The students in a school or university who finish their course in a particular year are often referred to as the class of that year.

These two members of Yale’s Class of ’57 never miss a reunion.

N-SING : N of date


Class refers to the division of people in a society into groups according to their social status.

...the relationship between social classes...

...the characteristics of the British class structure.


see also chattering classes , middle class , upper class , working class


A class of things is a group of them with similar characteristics.

...the division of the stars into six classes of brightness.

N-COUNT : usu N of n


If someone or something is classed as a particular thing, they are regarded as belonging to that group of things.

Since the birds inter-breed they cannot be classed as different species...

I class myself as an ordinary working person...

I would class my garden as medium in size...

Malaysia wants to send back refugees classed as economic migrants.

VERB : be V-ed as n / adj , V pron-refl as n , V n as adj / n , V-ed


If you say that someone or something has class , you mean that they are elegant and sophisticated. ( INFORMAL )

He’s got the same style off the pitch as he has on it–sheer class.

N-UNCOUNT [ approval ]


see also business class , first-class , second-class , third-class , top-class , world-class


If someone is in a class of their own , they have more of a particular skill or quality than anyone else. If something is in a class of its own , it is better than any other similar thing.

As a player, he was in a class of his own.

PHRASE : usu v-link PHR

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