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Usage statistics for the noun class:

spoken English35.29%written English64.71% conversational speech37.88%task-oriented speech62.12% imaginative writing18.65%informational writing81.35%
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Class is sometimes a misspelling of classes.

The word class is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun class

What does class mean as a name of something?

Class is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: classes

  1. a collection of things sharing a common attribute
    • example: there are two classes of detergents
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of class: category / family
    • more generic words: accumulation / aggregation / assemblage / collection = several things grouped together or considered as a whole
    • more specific terms:
      • grammatical category / syntactic category = a category of words having the same grammatical properties
      • substitution class / paradigm = the class of all items that can be substituted into the same position (or slot) in a grammatical sentence
      • brass family = the family of brass instruments
      • violin family = the family of bowed stringed instruments
      • woodwind family = the family of woodwind instruments
      • stamp = a type or class
      • sex = either of the two categories (male or female) into which most organisms are divided
      • declension = a class of nouns or pronouns or adjectives in Indo-European languages having the same (or very similar) inflectional forms
      • conjugation = a class of verbs having the same inflectional forms
      • denomination = a class of one kind of unit in a system of numbers or measures or weights or money
      • histocompatibility complex = a family of fifty or more genes on the sixth human chromosome that code for proteins on the surfaces of cells and that play a role in the immune response
    • member: superphylum = a taxonomic group ranking between a phylum and below a class or subclass
  2. a body of students who are taught together
    • example: early morning classes are always sleepy
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of class: course / form / grade
    • more generic words: assemblage / gathering = a group of persons together in one place
    • more specific terms:
      • master class = a class (especially in music) given to talented students by an expert
      • discussion section / section = a small class of students who are part of a larger course but are taught separately
  3. people having the same social, economic, or educational status
    • examples: the working class | an emerging professional class
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of class: social class / socio-economic class / stratum
    • more generic word: people = any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
    • more specific terms:
      • domain / world = people in general
      • age class = people in the same age range
      • agriculture = the class of people engaged in growing food
      • brotherhood / fraternity / sodality = people engaged in a particular occupation
      • estate of the realm / the three estates / estate = a major social class or order of persons regarded collectively as part of the body politic of the country (especially in the United Kingdom) and formerly possessing distinct political rights
      • working class / proletariat / labour / labor = a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages
      • lower class / underclass = the social class lowest in the social hierarchy
      • middle class / bourgeoisie = the social class between the lower and upper classes
      • booboisie = class consisting of all those who are considered boobs
      • commonality / commonalty / commons = a class composed of persons lacking clerical or noble rank
      • peasantry = the class of peasants
      • demimonde = a class of woman not considered respectable because of indiscreet or promiscuous behavior
      • underworld = the criminal class
      • yeomanry = class of small freeholders who cultivated their own land
      • caste = a social class separated from others by distinctions of hereditary rank or profession or wealth
      • caste = a hereditary social class among Hindus
      • upper class / upper crust = the class occupying the highest position in the social hierarchy
      • ninja = a class of 14th century Japanese who were trained in martial arts and were hired for espionage and assassinations
      • firing line = the most advanced and responsible group in an activity
      • immigrant class = recent immigrants who are lumped together as a class by their low socioeconomic status in spite of different cultural backgrounds
      • center = politically moderate persons
      • old school = a class of people favoring traditional ideas
      • market = the customers for a particular product or service
      • craft / trade = people who perform a particular kind of skilled work
      • womanhood / fair sex / woman = women as a class
    • part of: society = an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization
    • member of: class structure = the organization of classes within a society
  4. education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings
  5. a league ranked by quality
    • example: he played baseball in class D for two years
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of class: division
    • more generic words: conference / league = an association of sports teams that organizes matches for its members
  6. a body of students who graduate together
    • example: the class of '97
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of class: year
    • more generic words: assemblage / gathering = a group of persons together in one place
    • more specific terms:
  7. (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more orders
  8. elegance in dress or behavior
    • example: she has a lot of class
    • usage: colloquialism
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: elegance = a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste

Alternative definition of the noun class


  1. [countable] A group, collection, category or set sharing characteristics or attributes.
  2. [countable] 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. [uncountable] The division of society into classes.
  4. [uncountable] Admirable behavior; elegance.
  5. [countable, and, uncountable] A group of students in a regularly scheduled meeting with a teacher.
  6. A series of classes covering a single subject.
  7. [countable] A group of students who commenced or completed their education during a particular year. A school class.
  8. [countable] A category of seats in an airplane, train or other means of mass transportation.
  9. [biology, taxonomy, countable] A rank in the classification of organisms, below phylum and above order; a taxon of that rank.
  10. [computing] A set of objects having the same behavior (but typically differing in state), or a template defining such a set.
  11. [mathematics] A collection of sets definable by a shared property.
  12. Best of its kind.
  13. [military] A group of people subject to be conscripted in the same military draft, or more narrowly those persons actually conscripted in a particular draft.

Specialised definition of the noun class

Glossary of sports

category for athletes according to different classification criteria to ensure equal opportunities in competition. The criteria are: 1. age (age groups), 2. weight (weight classes), 3. performance (performance classes), 4. sports equipment (e.g. boat classes in water sports, auto mobile categories in automobile sport). The specific classes are prescribed by the sets of rules of the respective sport disciplines. In open class competitions there are no limitations for participation in the competition (open competition). (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

a category or group into which things are classified according to quality or price (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a group of children or adults who go to school or college together (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the adjective class

What does class mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: classer |

  1. [context: Irish, British, slang] great; fabulous

Definition of the verb class

What does class mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: classed | classing | classes

  1. arrange or order by classes or categories

Alternative definition of the verb class


  1. [transitive] To assign to a class.


  1. "Class" is a 1983 American romantic comedy-drama film, directed by Lewis John Carlino and is also the film debut of Andrew McCarthy, John Cusack, Virginia Madsen, Lolita Davidovich and Alan Ruck.
  2. "Class" a.k.a. "The Class" is a 2008 French drama film directed by Laurent Cantet. Its original French title is Entre les murs, which translates literally to "Between the walls" or "Within the walls". It is based on the 2006 novel of the same name by François Bégaudeau. The novel is a semi-autobiographical account of Bégaudeau's experiences as a French language and literature teacher in a middle school in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, particularly illuminating his struggles with "problem children" Esmerelda, Khoumba, and Souleymane. The film stars Bégaudeau himself in the role of the teacher.
  3. "Class" is a 2010 drama romance film written by Pamela Wallace and directed by David S. Cass Sr.

Phrases with Class

Phrases starting with the word Class:

  1. Class As
  2. class act
  3. class war
  4. class aves
  5. class list
  6. class nuda
  7. Class ring
  8. Class Break
  9. Class Clown

Phrases ending with the word Class:

  1. 1st class
  2. age class
  3. art class
  4. low-class
  5. form class
  6. high-class
  7. life class
  8. Noun class
  9. shop class
  10. word class
  11. cabin class

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Class

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Google previewA History of the Earth and Animated Nature (1868)

by Oliver Goldmsith

The sixth class is that numerous one of the Cat kind. This' com prehends the Cat, the Lion, the Panther, the Leopard, the Jaguar, the Cougar, the Jaguarette, the Lynx, the Ounce, and the Catamoun- taiu. These are all carnivorous, and ...

Google previewArchitectural Design Decision Documentation through Reuse of Design Patterns (2016)

by Durdik, Zoya

FunctionalRequirement: FunctionalRequirement class is the provisioned type of the system requirements class and describes a functional requirement of a project. • Constraint: Constraint class is the provisioned type of the system ...

Google previewS. Chand’s ICSE Commerical Applications for Classes 9

by Dr. S. Rajesh

a class is a return data type with Float value. RIGHT ANSWER WITH EXPLAINATION: Solution 3, It is an entity which is having properties related with member functions and variables.

Google previewAn abridgement of Dr. Goldsmith's natural history of beasts and birds, etc (1807)

by Oliver Goldsmith

The second class is that of the cow kind; comprehending the urus, the buffalo, the bison, and the bonassas; which have cloven hoofs, and chew...

Google previewICIW2012-Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Information Warfare and Security (2012)

ICIW2012 by Volodymyr Lysenko

The main taxonomy classes are: Actor, Actor Location, Aggressor, Attack Goal, Attack Mechanism, Attack Scenario, Automation Level, Effects, Motivation, Phase, Scope and Target. The "Actor" class is the entity executing the attack. The "Actor ...

Google previewThe Colonial Caribbean (2014)

Landscapes of Power in Jamaica's Plantation System by James A. Delle

One of the distinguishing characteristics of Marxist analysis is the contention that social class is the primary structuring principle of...

Google previewContemporary Archaeology in Theory (2011)

The New Pragmatism by Robert W. Preucel, Stephen A. Mrozowski

Class is a curious concept.

Google previewMigrating from Pascal to C++ (2012)

by Susan N. Merritt, Allen Stix

A class is a programming language feature that combines data and functions into one structure.

Google previewIntroducing Java EE 7 (2013)

A Look at What's New by Josh Juneau

The Factory entity class is the object relational mapping for the FACTORY database table.

Lastly, the WidgetA entity class is a sub-type of the Product entity, so the PRODUCT table is also utilized for storage of WidgetA object types.

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

Class 1. Monera. Section B. ENDoPLASTICA-Class 2. Rhizopoda; 3. Foraminifera; 4. Heliozoa; 5. Radiolaria; 6. Infusoria; 7. Gregarinida. II. PORIFERA. Class 1. Myxospongiae; 2. Fibrospongiae; 3. Calcispongiae. III.

Google previewThe British Encyclopedia, Or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1809)

Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge : Illustrated with Upwards of 150 Elegant Engravings. A - B. 1 by William Nicholson

A natural class, comprising -the cruciform flowers, except Cleome, which is thought to have been erroneously placed here. The orders are two, perfectly natural. 1. Siliculosa. Fruit a roundish pod or pouch, Myagrum, Draba, Lunaria, Alysum, ...

Google previewNew International Encyclopedia (1914)

Class 1. Rotifeba. Microscopic wheel animalcules, with a ciliated band around the mouth, and a special organ for attachment. Class 2. Dinophilea. Minute, wormlike, having five to eight segments, usually ciliated; and nephridia in pairs; marine.

Google previewA Dictionary of Travel and Tourism Terminology (2005)

by Allan Beaver

business class Business Club byte c calendar 82 California Tourism capacity capacity. 77 Bus and Coach Council Former name of the Confederation of Passenger Transport in the UK. See CPT. bus deregulation in the USA On 20 September ...

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Usage statistics about class

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun class:

spoken English35.29%written English64.71% conversational speech37.88%task-oriented speech62.12% imaginative writing18.65%informational writing81.35%

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb class:


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Look, there is a sort of old view about class which is a very simplistic view that we have got the working class, the middle class and the upper class, I think it is more complicated than that. (Ed Miliband)
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Scrabble value of C3L1A1S1S1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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