Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: Latin gradus 'step, degree'


1 noun
grade1 S3 W3 [countable]


a particular level of quality that a product, material etc has:
The best grades of tea are expensive.
industrial grade diamonds
high/low grade
low grade products


BEC a particular level of job:
There are lots of jobs in junior grades.

mark in school

SES a mark that a student is given for their work or for an examination:
He got a grade A in maths.
Tim worked hard and got good grades.

make the grade

to succeed or reach the necessary standard:
What does it take to make the grade as a top golfer?

school year

SES one of the 12 years that students are at school in the American school system, or the students in a particular year
second/eleventh etc grade
My brother is in sixth grade.
a fifth-grade teacher


American EnglishTTRTTT a slope or a degree of slope, especially in a road or railway [= gradient British English]

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