Meaning of CLASS in English

CLASS

/ klɑːs; NAmE klæs/ noun , verb , adjective

■ noun

IN EDUCATION

1.

[ C +sing./pl. v . ] a group of students who are taught together :

We were in the same class at school.

She is the youngest in her class.

He came top of the class .

The whole class was / were told to stay behind after school.

2.

[ C , U ] an occasion when a group of students meets to be taught

SYN lesson :

I was late for a class.

See me after class.

She works hard in class (= during the class) .

I have a history class at 9 o'clock.

3.

[ C ] (also classes [ pl. ]) a series of classes on a particular subject

SYN course :

I've been taking classes in pottery.

Are you still doing your French evening class?

4.

[ C +sing./pl. v . ] ( especially NAmE ) a group of students who finish their studies at school, college or university in a particular year :

the class of 2002

IN SOCIETY

5.

[ C +sing./pl. v . ] one of the groups of people in a society that are thought of as being at the same social or economic level :

the working / middle / upper class

The party tries to appeal to all classes of society.

the professional classes

6.

[ U ] the way that people are divided into different social and economic groups :

differences of class, race or gender

the class system

a society in which class is more important than ability

GROUP OF PEOPLE / ANIMALS

7.

[ C ] a group of people, animals or things that have similar characteristics or qualities :

It was good accommodation for a hotel of this class.

different classes of drugs

Dickens was in a different class from (= was much better than) most of his contemporaries.

As a jazz singer she's in a class of her own (= better than most others) .

—see also first-class , high-class , low-class , second-class

SKILL / STYLE

8.

[ U ] an elegant quality or a high level of skill that is impressive :

She has class all right—she looks like a model.

There's a real touch of class about this team.

IN TRAIN / PLANE

9.

[ C ] (especially in compounds) each of several different levels of comfort that are available to travellers in a plane, etc. :

He always travels business class.

The first-class compartment is situated at the front of the train.

—see also economy class syndrome , second-class , third-class , tourist class

OF UNIVERSITY DEGREE

10.

[ C ] (especially in compounds) one of the levels of achievement in a British university degree exam :

a first- / second- / third-class degree

BIOLOGY

11.

[ C ] a group into which animals, plants, etc. that have similar characteristics are divided, below a phylum

—compare family , genus , species

IDIOMS

see chatter verb

■ verb

[ vn ] [ often passive ] class sb/sth (as sth)

PUT INTO GROUP

to think or decide that sb/sth is a particular type of person or thing

SYN classify :

Immigrant workers were classed as aliens.

■ adjective

[ only before noun ] ( informal )

WITH SKILL / STYLE

very good :

a class player / performer

She's a real class act .

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WORD ORIGIN

mid 16th cent. (in sense 1): from Latin classis a division of the Roman people, a grade, or a class of pupils.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.