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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Grade
  1. A step or degree in any series, rank, quality, order; relative position or standing; as, grades of military rank; crimes of every grade; grades of flour. "They also appointed and removed, at their own pleasure, teachers of every grade." [Buckle.]
  2. [In a railroad or highway]
    1. The rate of ascent or descent; gradient; deviation from a level surface to an inclined plane; -- usually stated as so many feet per mile, or as one foot rise or fall in so many of horizontal distance; as, a heavy grade ; a grade of twenty feet per mile, or of 1 in 264.
    2. A graded ascending, descending, or level portion of a road; a gradient.
  3. [Stock Breeding] The result of crossing a native stock with some better breed. If the crossbreed have more than three fourths of the better blood, it is called high grade.

Etymology: F. grade, L. gradus step, pace, grade, from gradi to step, go. Cf. Congress Degree Gradus

verb Grade
  1. To arrange in order, steps, or degrees, according to size, quality, rank, etc.
  2. To reduce to a level, or to an evenly progressive ascent, as the line of a canal or road.
  3. [Stock Breeding] To cross with some better breed; to improve the blood of.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A variety of cattle produced by crossbreeding with a superior breed
  2. The gradient of a slope or road or other surface ("the road had a steep grade")
  3. A position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality ("a moderate grade of intelligence")
  4. The height of the ground on which something stands ("the base of the tower was below grade")
  5. A number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance) ("grade A milk")
  6. A degree of ablaut
  7. A body of students who are taught together
  8. One-hundredth of a right angle
  9. A relative position or degree of value in a graded group ("lumber of the highest grade")
  10. Determine the grade of or assign a grade to
  11. Assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation ("grade tests")
  12. Assign a rank or rating to
  13. Level to the right gradient

Borrowing from French grade (“a grade, degree”), from Latin gradus (“a step, pace, a step in a ladder or stair, a station, position, degree”), from gradi (“to walk, step”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰradʰ-, *gʰredʰ- (“to walk, go”). Cognate with Gothic 𐌲𐍂𐌹𐌸𐍃 (griþs, “step, grade”), Bavarian Gritt (“step, stride”), Lithuanian grìdiju (“to go, wander”).

  1. A rating.
    I gave him a good for effort.
  2. The performance of an individual or group on an examination or test, expressed by a number, letter, or other symbol; a score.
    He got a good on the test.
  3. A degree or level of something; a position within a scale; a degree of quality.
    This fine- coin from 1837 is worth a good amount.
  4. A slope (up or down) of a roadway or other passage
    The of this hill is more than 5 percent.
  5. (Canada, US, education) A level of primary and secondary education.
    Clancy is entering the fifth this year.
    Clancy starts five this year.
  6. (Canada, education) A student of a particular grade (used with the grade level).
    The are on a field trip.
  7. An area that has been by a grader (construction machine)
  8. The level of the ground.
    This material absorbs moisture and is probably not a good choice for use below .
  9. (mathematics) A gradian.
  10. (geometry) In a linear system of divisors on an n-dimensional variety, the number of free intersection points of n generic divisors.
  11. A harsh scraping or cutting; a grating.
  12. (systematics) A taxon united by a level of morphological or physiological complexity that is not a clade.
  13. (medicine) The degree of malignity of a tumor expressed on a scale.

grade was also found in the following language(s): Afrikaans, Esperanto, French, Portuguese, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Grade

Grade Masudi is an athlete for the Murray United FC.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Grade

The Lord Grade of Yarmouth is a businessman, media executive, and businessperson. He was most active from 1966 to 1966. The was given the name Michael Ian Grade by his parent Leslie Grade in 1943 in London.


The Lord Grade was a media proprietor, impresario, and talent agent. Their career lasted from 1926 to 1990. The was given the name Lovat or Lev Winogradsky on December 25th, 1906 in Tokmak, Ukraine, Russian Empire. The is also known as padding: 0.1em 0; line-height: 1.3em, white-space:nowrap, Louis Grad, and The Dancer with the Humorous Feet". They died on December 13th, 1998.


Chaim Grade was a writer. Chaim was born on April 4th, 1910 in Vilnius. He died on April 26th, 1982.


Leslie Grade was a talent agent. Leslie was given the name Laszlo Winogradsky on June 3rd, 1916 in London. He left this life on October 15th, 1979.


Hans was born on May 17th, 1879. He left this life on October 22nd, 1946.


Étienne was born on March 12th, 1875.


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Popularity of Grade as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Grade U.S.
  White 87.30% 64.26%
  African American 7.17% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.43% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.48% 16.26%

Of Last Name Grade

People with the last name Grade are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Grade

  • How Popular is the name Grade? As a last name Grade was the 44,109th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Grade first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Grade is Tuesday, July 24th, 1883.
  • How unique is the name Grade? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Grade. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Grade: Your name in reverse order is Edarg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Raedg. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Grade? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 488 people with the last name Grade.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Grade? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Grade as their last name since less than 1 person in 588k 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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