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"class" in British English

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classnoun

uk   /klɑːs/  us   /klæs/
  • class noun (TEACHING GROUP)

A1 [C, + sing/pl verb] a group of students who are taught together at school, college, or university: Which class are you in this year? She gave the whole class extra homework for a week. My class (= the people in my class) was/were rather noisy this morning. [as form of address] Okay, class, settle down and open your books.
A1 [C, + sing/pl verb] a period of time in which students are taught something: My last class ends at four o'clock. I was told off for talking in class. Who takes/teaches your environmental studies class? I missed my aerobics class yesterday. Classes have been cancelled today because of a staff meeting.
the class of 2012, 2013, etc. mainly US

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  • class noun (ECONOMIC GROUP)

B2 [C or U] a group of people within society who have the same economic and social position: The Labour Party has lost a lot of support among the working class. She belongs to the rich American upper class. We live in a middle class neighbourhood. She comes from an upper middle class background. He was a member of the ruling classes. She's studying the class structure of Japan.
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  • class noun (RANK)

A2 [C] a group into which goods, services, or people are put according to their standard: Whenever I travel by train, I always travel first class. first/second class mail a business/economy class ticket When it comes to mathematics, he's in a different class to his peers.
[C] in the UK, the standard that someone has reached in their university degree: What class of degree did you get? He graduated with a second-class honours degree in physics.
class A/B/C drug
in UK law, a group of illegal drugs classified according to how dangerous they are thought to be and how severe the punishment is for using or selling them, with class A the most dangerous : He was charged with possession of a class A drug, namely heroin.
be in a class of your own
to be the best at a particular activity: As a long-distance runner, she's in a class of her own.
be in a class by itself/of its own
to be something of such a high quality that nothing can be compared to it
be out of your class
to be much better at doing something than you: I can't play chess with him. He's completely out of my class!

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  • class noun (STYLE)

[U] the quality of being stylish or fashionable: She's got real class.
  • class noun (BIOLOGY)

[C] specialized biology a group of related plants or animals, in the general classification of plants and animals

classverb [T]

uk   /klɑːs/  us   /klæs/

classadjective

uk   /klɑːs/  us   /klæs/ informal
(Definition of class from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"class" in American English

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classnoun

 us   /klæs/
  • class noun (TEACHING GROUP)

[C] a group of students who are taught together at school, or a short period in which a particular subject is taught: She got in trouble for talking in class.
[C] The class of a particular year is the group of students who will complete their studies that year: The class of 2003 is very large.
  • class noun (ECONOMIC GROUP)

[C/U] a group of people within a society who have the same economic and social position: [U] Most of us think of ourselves as middle class.
  • class noun (RANK)

[C] the ranking of goods and services or people’s skills according to what they provide or how good they are: Whenever I fly, I go business class. She’s a first-class teacher.
  • class noun (STYLE)

[U] the quality of being stylish or fashionable: She dresses with a lot of class.
  • class noun (BIOLOGY)

classy
adjective  us   /ˈklæs·i/
He drives a very classy car.

classverb [T]

 us   /klæs/
  • class verb [T] (RANK)

to rank: I would class her with the best American violinists.
(Definition of class from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"class" in Business English

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classnoun

uk   us   /klɑːs/
[C or U] a group of people within society who have the same economic or social position: As rents increased, working class families left the city in search of more affordable neighborhoods. upper/middle/lower class
[C] COMMERCE a standard based on price and quality: The planes will have reclining seats for customers in first class. She and her husband run a luxury-class holiday accommodation business.
[C] COMMERCE a group into which goods and services are put based on their characteristics: Your shipment's freight class determines the carrier's shipping charges. a class of sth At issue is a class of mortgages that lenders call "subprime" because they do not qualify for the lowest or prime interest rate.
[C] a series of lessons on a particular subject: a class in/on sth As part of a class in international relations, the conference aimed to teach students the art of negotiations.enrol in a class And so that fall, I enrolled in an agribusiness marketing class.take/go to/attend classes For the past two years he's been taking night classes while also working full-time as a nurse. hold/offer/teach a class
(Definition of class from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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