class1 W1S1 [kla:s US klæs] n
1¦(social group)¦
3¦(teaching period)¦
5¦(same type of something)¦
6¦(train/aircraft etc)¦
9¦(university degree)¦
[Date: 1500-1600; : French; Origin: classe, from Latin classis 'class of citizens, social class']
one of the groups in a society that different types of people are divided into according to their jobs, income, education etc
professional/landowning/working etc class
a Marxist view of the ruling classes
a member of the landed class (=people who own land)
class divisions/differences etc
social class inequalities
→↑lower class, middle class, upper class, working class,the chattering classes atchatter1 (4)
b) [U]
the system in which people are divided into these groups
Defining the concept of class is not an easy task.
class system/structure
The old class system is slowly disappearing.
2.) ¦(STUDENTS)¦ [C, also + plural verb British English]
a) a group of students who are taught together
→↑classmate in a class
We're in the same class for math.
Gary came top of the class in English.
My class are going to the Lake District.
b) AmE a group of students who finished studying together in the same year
a class reunion
the class of 1965/2001 etc
(=the group of students who finished in 1965 etc)
The class of '69 spent almost as much time protesting as learning.
3.) ¦(TEACHING PERIOD)¦ [U and C]
a period of time during which someone teaches a group of people, especially in a school
British Equivalent: lessongeography/French/cooking etc class
I missed Bible class last week.
in class
(=during the class)
No talking in class!
Were you late for class this morning?
have a class AmE
I have physics class at 9:30 on Tuesdays.
4.) ¦(STUDYING)¦
a series of classes in a particular subject
British Equivalent: courseclass in
a class in photography at night school
dance/aerobics/Greek etc class
Dance classes start at 5:15.
take/attend/do a class
(=go to a series of classes)
Cindy's taking a class on dealing with stress.
He attended evening classes at the local college.
a group of people, animals, or things that are considered together because they are similar in some way
class of
Have you passed a test for this class of vehicle?
6.) ¦(TRAIN/AIRCRAFT ETC)¦ [C usually singular]
one of the different standards of seats, food etc available on a train, aircraft etc
first/business/tourist etc class
We always travel first class.
7.) ¦(QUALITY)¦
a group into which people or things are divided according to their quality or abilities
nicer/better etc class of sth
The port now attracts a wealthier class of visitor.
in a class of its own/in a different class
(=better than everything else)
Its sheer versatility puts this computer in a different class.
He's not in the same class (=not as good) as her at tennis.
8.) ¦(STYLE/SKILL)¦[U] informal
a high level of style or skill in something
have/show class
The team showed real class in this afternoon's match.
A fountain will give your garden a touch of class .
class player/actress etc
a class act informal (=someone who is skilful, attractive etc)
Laughton is a class act who's proved his worth in the game.
one of the three levels of a university degree
a second class degree
class 2
class2 v [T often passive]
to consider people, things etc as belonging to a particular group, using an official system
= ↑classify class sb/sth as sth
Heroin and cocaine are classed as hard drugs.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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