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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Class

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Class
  1. A group of individuals ranked together as possessing common characteristics; as, the different classes of society; the educated class; the lower classes .
  2. A number of students in a school or college, of the same standing, or pursuing the same studies.
  3. 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.
  4. A set; a kind or description, species or variety."She had lost one class energies." [Macaulay.]
  5. [Methodist Church] One of the sections into which a church or congregation is divided, and which is under the supervision of a class leader.
  6. 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.
  7. 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

verb Class
  1. To arrange in classes; to classify or refer to some class; as, to class words or passages.
  2. To divide into classes, as students; to form into, or place in, a class or classes.

Note: ☞ In scientific arrangement, to classify is used instead of to class.

Etymology: Cf. F. classer. See Class (n.)

verb Class
To be grouped or classed.
adjective Class
exhibiting refinement and high character; as, a class act. Opposite of low-class
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings ("flirting is not unknown in college classes")
  2. Elegance in dress or behavior ("she has a lot of class")
  3. People having the same social, economic, or educational status ("the working class" and "an emerging professional class")
  4. A collection of things sharing a common attribute ("there are two classes of detergents")
  5. (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more orders
  6. A body of students who are taught together ("early morning classes are always sleepy")
  7. A body of students who graduate together ("the class of '97")
  8. A league ranked by quality ("he played baseball in class D for two years")
  9. Arrange or order by classes or categories ("How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?")

Notable Persons Named Class

Class Actress is a synthpop musician. She was most active from 2009 to present. Class was given the name Elizabeth Vanessa Harper .


Class Action is a garage music (us garage), post-disco, and disco musician. They were most active from 1984 to 1984.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Class

José Miguel Class is a musician.


Heinrich was born on February 29th, 1868. They passed away on April 16th, 1953.


DJ Class is a baltimore club and hip hop music musician. He was most active from 1991 to 2009. DJ was given the name Daniel Woodis in Baltimore. DJ is also known as D. Class and Daniel Woodis.


Sarah was born in 1968.



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Popularity of Class as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Class U.S.
  White 53.74% 64.26%
  African American 1.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.64% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 43.37% 16.26%

Of Last Name Class

People with the last name Class are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Class

  • How Popular is the name Class? As a last name Class was the 13,053rd most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Class first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Class is Saturday, November 17th, 1951.
  • How unique is the name Class? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Class. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Class: Your name in reverse order is Ssalc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Sascl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Class? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,352 people with the last name Class.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Class? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Class as their last name since less than 1 person in 125k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.