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class

noun 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.Students and pupils 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.Classes, courses and coursework the class of 2012, 2013, etc. mainly US a group of students who successfully finished their studies in a particular yearStudents and pupils

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.
See also
Class and class-consciousness in generalWealthiness and wealthyPoverty and poor

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 All the vegetables we sell are Class A. When it comes to mathematics, he's in a different class to his peers.Quality and standard [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.Marks and results 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.Informal words for goodGood, better and bestQuite good, or not very good be in a class by itself/of its own to be something of such a high quality that nothing can be compared to itInformal words for goodGood, better and bestQuite good, or not very good 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!Quality and standard

class noun (STYLE)

[U] the quality of being stylish or fashionable: She's got real class.Modern and fashionableFashionModern and fashionable

class noun (BIOLOGY)

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

class

verb [T] uk   /klɑːs/ us    /klæs/
C1 to consider someone or something to belong to a particular group because of their qualities: I'm 17, but I'm still classed as a child when I travel by bus. I would class her among/with the top ten American novelists.Classifying and creating order

class

adjective uk   /klɑːs/ us    /klæs/ informal
very good: a class act He's a class golfer.Informal words for goodGood, better and bestQuite good, or not very good
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