Meaning of CLASS in English

(~es, ~ing, ~ed)

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


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

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

Reducing ~ sizes should be a top priority.



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

He acquired a law degree by taking ~es at night...

I go to dance ~es here in New York.

= lesson

N-COUNT: oft n N


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

There is lots of reading in ~.



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

...the characteristics of the British ~ structure.


see also chattering ~es , middle ~ , upper ~ , working ~


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

...the division of the stars into six ~es of brightness.

N-COUNT: usu N of n


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

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

I ~ myself as an ordinary working person...

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

Malaysia wants to send back refugees ~ed 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 ~, you mean that they are elegant and sophisticated. (INFORMAL)

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

N-UNCOUNT approval


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


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

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

PHRASE: usu v-link PHR

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