|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 ➔ lower class, middle class, upper class, working class
professional/landowning/working etc class
a Marxist view of the ruling classes
a member of the landed class (=people who own land)
social class inequalities
; ➔ the chattering classesat chatter1 (4)
the system in which people are divided into these groups:
Defining the concept of class is not an easy task.
The old class system is slowly disappearing.
students[C, also + plural verb British English]SE
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) American English
a group of students who finished studying together in the same year [↪ classmate]:
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.
a period of time during which someone teaches a group of people, especially in a school [= lesson British English]
teaching period[uncountable and countable]SE
geography/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 American English
I have physics class at 9:30 on Tuesdays.
a series of classes in a particular subject [= course British English]
a class in photography at night school
dance/aerobics/Greek etc class
Dance classes start at 5:15.
a group of people, animals, or things that are considered together because they are similar in some way
same type of something[countable]HB
Have you passed a test for this class of vehicle?
one of the different standards of seats, food etc available on a train, aircraft etc
train/aircraft etc[countable usually singular]
first/business/tourist etc class
We always travel first class.
a group into which people or things are divided according to their quality or abilities
nicer/better etc class of something
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.
a high level of style or skill in something [↪ classy]
The team showed real class in this afternoon's match.
A fountain will give your garden a touch of class.
a class act informal (=someone who is skilful, attractive etc)➔ high-class, low-class
Laughton is a class act who's proved his worth in the game.
one of the three levels of a university degree:
university degree[countable] British EnglishSEC
a second class degree