What does Class mean?

Definitions for Class
klæs, klɑsclass

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Class.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. class, category, familynoun

    a collection of things sharing a common attribute

    "there are two classes of detergents"

  2. class, form, grade, coursenoun

    a body of students who are taught together

    "early morning classes are always sleepy"

  3. class, stratum, social class, socio-economic classnoun

    people having the same social, economic, or educational status

    "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"

  4. course, course of study, course of instruction, classnoun

    education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings

    "he took a course in basket weaving"; "flirting is not unknown in college classes"

  5. class, divisionnoun

    a league ranked by quality

    "he played baseball in class D for two years"; "Princeton is in the NCAA Division 1-AA"

  6. class, yearnoun

    a body of students who graduate together

    "the class of '97"; "she was in my year at Hoehandle High"

  7. classnoun

    (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more orders

  8. classverb

    elegance in dress or behavior

    "she has a lot of class"

  9. classify, class, sort, assort, sort out, separateverb

    arrange or order by classes or categories

    "How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"


  1. Classnoun

    One session of formal instruction in which one or more teachers instruct a group on some subject. The class may be one of a course of classes, or a single special session.

  2. Classnoun

    A high degree of elegance, in dress or behavior; the quality of bearing oneself with dignity, grace, and social adeptness.


  1. classnoun

    A group, collection, category or set sharing characteristics or attributes.

  2. classnoun

    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. classnoun

    The division of society into classes.

    Jane Austen's works deal with class in 18th-century England.

  4. classnoun

    Admirable behavior; elegance.

    Apologizing for losing your temper, even though you were badly provoked, showed real class.

  5. classnoun

    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. classnoun

    A series of classes covering a single subject.

    I took the cooking class for enjoyment, but I also learned a lot.

  7. classnoun

    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. classnoun

    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. classnoun

    A rank in the classification of organisms, below phylum and above order; a taxon of that rank.

    Magnolias belong to the class Magnoliopsida.

  10. classverb

    To assign to a class.

    I would class this with most of the other mediocre works of the period.

  11. classverb

    To be grouped or classed.

    The genus or family under which it classes. uE00083010uE001 Tatham.

  12. classnoun

    A set of objects having the same behavior (but typically differing in state), or a template defining such a set.

  13. classnoun

    A collection of sets definable by a shared property.

    The class of all sets is not a set.

  14. classnoun

    Best of its kind.

    It is the class of Italian bottled waters.

  15. classnoun

    A group of people subject to be conscripted in the same military draft, or more narrowly those persons actually conscripted in a particular draft.

  16. classadjective

    great; fabulous

  17. Etymology: From classe, from classis

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CLASSnoun

    Etymology: from classis, Latin.

    Segrais has distinguished the readers of poetry, according to their capacity of judging, into three classes. John Dryden, Æn. Dedic.

    We shall be seized away from this lower class in the school of knowledge, and our conversation shall be with angels and illuminated spirits. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind, p. i.

    Among this herd of politicians, any one sett make a very considerable class of men. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 53.

    Whate’er of mungrel, no one class admits
    A wit with dunces, and a dunce with wits. Dunciad, b. iv.

  2. To Classverb

    To range according to some stated method of distribution; to range according to different ranks.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I considered that by the classing and methodizing such passages, I might instruct the reader. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.


  1. class

    A class is a blueprint or template that defines the properties and behaviors of a set of objects. It serves as a basic building block in object-oriented programming, allowing for the creation of multiple instances or objects that share the same structure and behavior defined by the class. Classes encapsulate related data and functions, providing a modular and reusable approach to programming. They act as the foundation for creating objects and organizing code in a structured and logical manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Classnoun

    a group of individuals ranked together as possessing common characteristics; as, the different classes of society; the educated class; the lower classes

  2. Classnoun

    a number of students in a school or college, of the same standing, or pursuing the same studies

  3. Classnoun

    a comprehensive division of animate or inanimate objects, grouped together on account of their common characteristics, in any classification in natural science, and subdivided into orders, families, tribes, genera, etc

  4. Classnoun

    a set; a kind or description, species or variety

  5. Classnoun

    one of the sections into which a church or congregation is divided, and which is under the supervision of a class leader

  6. Classnoun

    to arrange in classes; to classify or refer to some class; as, to class words or passages

  7. Classnoun

    to divide into classes, as students; to form into, or place in, a class or classes

  8. Classverb

    to grouped or classed

  9. Etymology: [F. classe, fr. L. classis class, collection, fleet; akin to Gr. klh^sis a calling, kalei^n to call, E. claim, haul.]


  1. Class

    In object-oriented programming, a class is a construct that is used to define a distinct type. The class is instantiated into instances of itself – referred to as class instances, class objects, instance objects or simply objects. A class defines constituent members which enable its instances to have state and behavior. Data field members enable a class instance to maintain state. Other kinds of members, especially methods, enable the behavior of class instances. Classes therefore define the type of their instances. A class usually represents a noun, such as a person, place or thing, or something nominalized. For example, a "Banana" class would represent the properties and functionality of bananas in general. A single, particular banana would be an instance of the "Banana" class, an object of the type "Banana".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Class

    klas, n. a rank or order of persons or things: high rank or social standing: a number of students or scholars who are taught together: a scientific division or arrangement: the position in order of merit of students after examination.—v.t. to form into a class or classes: to arrange methodically.—v.i. to take rank.—adjs. Class′able, Class′ible, capable of being classed.—ns. Class′-fell′ow, Class′-mate, a pupil in the same class at school or college; Class′ic, any great writer or work: a student of the ancient classics: a standard work: (pl.) Greek, Roman, and modern writers of the first rank, or their works.—adjs. Class′ic, -al, of the highest class or rank, esp. in literature: originally and chiefly used of the best Greek and Roman writers: (as opposed to Romantic) like in style to the authors of Greece and Rome: chaste, refined, in keeping with classical art: famous for literary or historical reasons.—ns. Classical′ity, Class′icalness, the quality of being classical.—adv. Class′ically.—ns. Class′icism, a classical idiom; Class′icist, one versed in the classics, or devoted to their being retained in education; Class′-lead′er, the leader of a class in a Methodist church; Class′man, one who has gained honours of a certain class at the Oxford examinations—opp. to Passman.—Classic races, the five chief annual horse-races—the Two Thousand, One Thousand, Derby, Oaks, and St Leger.—Take a class, to take honours in an examination, as opposed to the mere 'pass.' [Fr. classe—L. classis, cog. with L. calāre, Gr. kalein.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. class

    Order or rank; specially relating to dockyard men.

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  1. Class

    a division of the animal kingdom lower than a sub-kingdom and higher than an order: e.g. the "Class Insecta."

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CLASS

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Class is ranked #13053 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Class surname appeared 2,352 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Class.

    53.7% or 1,264 total occurrences were White.
    43.3% or 1,020 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 43 total occurrences were Black.
    0.6% or 15 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Class' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #522

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Class' in Written Corpus Frequency: #764

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Class' in Nouns Frequency: #131

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Class in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Class in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Class in a Sentence

  1. Democratic Governor Jay Nixon:

    Attacking workers and weakening the middle class will not create jobs, in fact, rolling back the rights of working people would weaken our economy by lowering wages and making it harder for middle class families to move up the economic ladder.

  2. Steve King:

    Clearly, I was only referencing Western Civilization classes. No one ever sat in a class listening to the merits of white nationalism and white supremacy.

  3. Malik Obama:

    Just because something is a tradition doesn't mean it's right, treating women as a second-class citizen is a bad tradition. It's holding you back.

  4. Jennifer Maddox:

    We make sure they are online every morning, on time, making sure that they are in class, that they're engaged, that we are supervising what they're doing throughout the day.

  5. Joe Caldwell:

    Within the first year most people are tapped out, middle-class families just aren't prepared for these costs.

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Translations for Class

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  • فَصْلArabic
  • класа, класифицирам, курс, клас, наборBulgarian
  • klasBreton
  • classe, cursCatalan, Valencian
  • классChechen
  • třídaCzech
  • Klasse, Unterricht, Classis, StilGerman
  • τάξη, ταξινομώ, κατατάσσω, μάθημα, κορυφή, ομοταξία, κομψότητα, θέση, κλάση, σειρά, είδος, κατηγορίαGreek
  • klasoEsperanto
  • clase, curso, promociónSpanish
  • rühm, seisus, klass, kursusEstonian
  • کلاس, طبقه, دوره, رده, رسته, دسته, گروه, برازندگی, درجهPersian
  • saapumiserä, luokka, vuosikurssi, tyyli, huippu, yhteiskuntaluokka, luokkajako, luokitella, kurssiFinnish
  • classe, cours, promotionFrench
  • aicme, cúrsa, grád, rang, mianachIrish
  • clasScottish Gaelic
  • מחלקה, כיתה, שכבה, מעמד, מעמדות, קורסHebrew
  • क्लासHindi
  • osztályHungarian
  • դաս, դասակարգ, դասարան, կարգ, մակարդակArmenian
  • klasoIdo
  • farrými, flokka, klasi, árgangur, flokkur, bekkurIcelandic
  • ceto, condizione sociale, classe, lezione, rango, corsoItalian
  • 等級, クラス, 学級, 授業, 種類, 階級, 級, 学年, 綱Japanese
  • ថ្នាក់Khmer
  • ವರ್ಗKannada
  • 반, 授業, 클래스, 班, 수업Korean
  • scholaLatin
  • KlassLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • ຊະນິດLao
  • klaseLatvian
  • клас, класа, сталеж, класира, одделение, отменост, курсMacedonian
  • kelasMalay
  • laag, klas, klasseDutch
  • klasse, kurs, årskull, kullNorwegian
  • klasa, kursPolish
  • classe, curso, aula, turmaPortuguese
  • clasăRomanian
  • класс, разряд, курс, группа, занятие, классифицироватьRussian
  • stalež, razred, сталеж, класа, klàsa, разредSerbo-Croatian
  • klass, klassificera, kurs, årskurs, avgångsklassSwedish
  • darasaSwahili
  • வகுப்புTamil
  • తరగతిTelugu
  • sınıfTurkish
  • класUkrainian
  • lớp họcVietnamese
  • klad, sogät, hikladanef, jikladanef, kladanefVolapük
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