(1)   Education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings
"He took a course in basket weaving"
"Flirting is not unknown in college classes"
(2)   Elegance in dress or behavior
"She has a lot of class"
(3)   People having the same social or economic status
"The working class"
"An emerging professional class"
(4)   A collection of things sharing a common attribute
"There are two classes of detergents"
(5)   (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more orders
(6)   A body of students who are taught together
"Early morning classes are always sleepy"
(7)   A body of students who graduate together
"The class of '97"
"She was in my year at Hoehandle High"
(8)   A league ranked by quality
"He played baseball in class D for two years"
"Princeton is in the NCAA Division 1-AA"


(9)   Arrange or order by classes or categories
"How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"


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  1. A group, collection, category or set sharing characteristics or attributes.
    The new Ford Fiesta is set to be best in the 'small family' class.
    That is one class-A heifer you got there, sonny.
    Often used to imply membership of a large class.
    This word has a whole class of metaphoric extensions.
  2. A social grouping, based on job, wealth, etc. In Britain, society is commonly split into three main classes; upper class, middle class and working class.
  3. The division of society into classes.
    Jane Austen's works deal with class in 18th-century England.
  4. Admirable behavior; elegance.
    Apologizing for losing your temper, even though you were badly provoked, showed real class.
  5. A group of students in a regularly scheduled meeting with a teacher.
    The class was noisy, but the teacher was able to get their attention with a story.
  6. A series of classes covering a single subject.
    I took the cooking class for enjoyment, but I also learned a lot.
  7. A group of students who commenced or completed their education during a particular year. A school class.
    The class of 1982 was particularly noteworthy.
  8. A category of seats in an airplane, train or other means of mass transportation.
    I used to fly business class, but now my company can only afford economy.
  9. A rank in the classification of organisms, below phylum and above order; a taxon of that rank.
    Magnolias belong to the class Magnoliopsida.
  10. A set of objects having the same behavior (but typically differing in state), or a template defining such a set.
  11. A collection of sets definable by a shared property.
    The class of all sets is not a set.
  12. Best of its kind.
    It is the class of Italian bottled waters.
  13. A group of people subject to be conscripted in the same military draft, or more narrowly those persons actually conscripted in a particular draft.


  1. To assign to a class.
    I would class this with most of the other mediocre works of the period.

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