Word forms "class":
singular class plural classes
Differences between British and American English: class:In both the UK and the US, a class is usually a group of students who are learning together: Jill and I were in the same class at primary school. You can also (especially in the US) use class to mean a group of students who all completed their studies in a particular year: Tim was in the class of 2005. Class can also mean a series of lessons in a particular subject: She's taking a class in business administration. The usual British word for this is course: a course in business administration. Class can also mean one of the periods in the school day when a group of students are taught: What time is your next class? British speakers also use lesson for this meaning, but American speakers do not.1)a) [countable] one of the groups into which people in a society are divided according to their family background, education, job, or income
He appealed to people of all classes.a social class:
Craftsmen of the period clearly belonged to a lower-middle class.the ruling classes:
The proposal would unite women of all social classes.
The members of the ruling classes have always been envied.b) [uncountable] the existence of differences that cause people to be divided into different social groupssocial class:a class system:
the relationship between social class and educational achievementclass differences:
A rigid class system still prevails throughout the country.
a community with marked class differences••See:2) [countable] a group of students who are taught together: can be followed by a singular or plural verb
What class is Sophie in now?
Weren't you two in the same class at school?
My class are all going – why can't I?a) [countable/uncountable] a period of time during which a group of students is taught togetherin class:
I've got classes all afternoon.a French/maths/science etc class:
We had to write an essay in class.
I've got a French class first thing this morning.b) [countable] a course of lessons in a particular subject
I go to my art class on Mondays.take a class in something (= study it):
You could join an exercise class at your local sports centre.teach a class:
I've started taking classes in car maintenance.
Since qualifying in 1986, she has taught regular classes for adults.c) [countable, usually singular] mainly American a group of people who finish a course of study together in the same yearthe class of '64/'81/1995 etc:
He attended his class reunion at Cornell University.
He graduated in the class of '87.•
In British English, class can be used with a singular or plural verb. You can say Her class has a new teacher or Her class have a new teacher.3) [countable] a group of things, animals, or people with similar features or qualitiesclass of:
regulations for lower emissions limits for certain classes of vehicles4) [countable] one of the standards of service available to someone travelling by train, plane etc5) [countable] British one of the levels that a university degree qualification is divided into according to how well you do in your final examinations. These are first class, second class, and third class.6) [countable] one of the groups into which people are divided in a competition
Andrews won his class by a massive 10-minute margin.7) [uncountable] informal impressive natural style, ability, or skill that someone has
I'll say this much for him: he's got class.•
Class A/B/C etc— used for showing which group something belongs to, according to how much of a particular quality or feature it has
Class A carrots (= the best carrots)
be in a class of your/its own— to be much better than anyone or anything else
When it comes to exciting cities, New York is in a class of its own.
be in a different class (from)— if a person or thing is in a different class from someone or something else, one is much better than the other
He was clearly in a different class from all the other athletes.
not be in the same class (as)— if two people or things are not in the same class, one is much better than the other
It's quite a funny show, but it's not in the same class as "The Office".
II UK [klɑːs] / US [klæs] verb [transitive, often passive]
Word forms "class":
present tense I/you/we/they class he/she/it classes present participle classing past tense classed past participle classedto include someone or something in a particular group because they have similar features or qualitiesbe classed as something:be classed with/among someone/something:
She is now classed as a professional athlete.
Wilfred Owen is classed with the truly great First World War poets.
III UK [klɑːs] / US [klæs] adjective [usually before noun] British informalextremely good
a class player
English dictionary. 2014.
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