class: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (klas, kläs), [key]
- a number of persons or things regarded as forming a group by reason of common attributes, characteristics, qualities, or traits; kind; sort: a class of objects used in daily living.
- a group of students meeting regularly to study a subject under the guidance of a teacher: The class had arrived on time for the lecture.
- the period during which a group of students meets for instruction.
- a meeting of a group of students for instruction.
- a classroom.
- a number of pupils in a school, or of students in a college, pursuing the same studies, ranked together, or graduated in the same year: She graduated from Ohio State, class of '72.
- a social stratum sharing basic economic, political, or cultural characteristics, and having the same social position: Artisans form a distinct class in some societies.
- the system of dividing society; caste.
- social rank, esp. high rank.
- the members of a given group in society, regarded as a single entity.
- any division of persons or things according to rank or grade: Hotels were listed by class, with the most luxurious ones listed first.
- excellence; exceptional merit: She's a good performer, but she lacks class.
- any of the four social divisions, the Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaisya, and Shudra, of Hindu society; varna. Cf. caste (def. 2).
- elegance, grace, or dignity, as in dress and behavior: He may be a slob, but his brother has real class.
- any of several grades of accommodations available on ships, airplanes, and the like: We bought tickets for first class.
- the best or among the best of its kind: This new plane is the class of the wide-bodied airliners.
- the usual major subdivision of a phylum or division in the classification of organisms, usually consisting of several orders.
- any of three groups into which candidates for honors degrees are divided according to merit on the basis of final examinations.
- drafted or conscripted soldiers, or persons available for draft or conscription, all of whom were born in the same year.
- (in early Methodism) one of several small companies, each composed of about 12 members under a leader, into which each society or congregation was divided.
- a group of measurements that fall within a specified interval.
- a set; a collection.
- the higher ranks of society, as distinguished from the masses.
- of high quality, integrity, status, or style: class players on a mediocre team.
- to place or arrange in a class; classify: to class justice with wisdom.
- to take or have a place in a particular class: those who class as believers.
- to improve the quality, tone, or status of; add elegance, dignity, style, etc., to: The new carpet and curtains really class up this room.
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