- A group of individuals ranked together as possessing common characteristics; as, the different classes of society; the educated class; the lower classes .
- A number of students in a school or college, of the same standing, or pursuing the same studies.
- A comprehensive division of animate or inanimate objects, grouped together on account of their common characteristics, in any classification in natural science, and subdivided into orders, families, tribes, genera, etc.
- A set; a kind or description, species or variety."She had lost one class energies." [Macaulay.]
- [Methodist Church] One of the sections into which a church or congregation is divided, and which is under the supervision of a class leader.
- One session of formal instruction in which one or more teachers instruct a group on some subject. The class may be one of a course of classes, or a single special session.
- A high degree of elegance, in dress or behavior; the quality of bearing oneself with dignity, grace, and social adeptness.
Etymology: F. classe, fr. L. classis class, collection, fleet; akin to Gr. klh^sis a calling, kalei^n to call, E. claim haul