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noun class pronunciation in British English /klɑːs/
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  1. 1
    [countable] one of the groups into which people in a society are divided according to their family background, education, job, or income
    He appealed to people of all classes.
    Craftsmen of the period clearly belonged to a lower-middle class.
    a social class: The proposal would unite women of all social classes.
    the ruling classes: The members of the ruling classes have always been envied.
    1. a.
      [uncountable] the existence of differences that cause people to be divided into different social groups
      social class: the relationship between social class and educational achievement
      a class system: A rigid class system still prevails throughout the country.
      class differences: a community with marked class differences
  2. 2
    [countable] a group of students who are taught together: can be followed by a singular or plural verb
    What class is Sophie in now?
    Weren’t you two in the same class at school?
    My class are all going – why can’t I?
    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] a period of time during which a group of students is taught together
      I’ve got classes all afternoon.
      in class: We had to write an essay in class.
      a French/maths/science etc class: I’ve got a French class first thing this morning.
    2. b.
      [countable] a course of lessons in a particular subject
      I go to my art class on Mondays.
      You could join an exercise class at your local sports centre.
      take a class in something (=study it): I’ve started taking classes in car maintenance.
      teach a class: Since qualifying in 1986, she has taught regular classes for adults.
    3. c.
      [countable] [usually singular] mainly American a group of people who finish a course of study together in the same year
      He attended his class reunion at Cornell University.
      the class of ’64/’81/1995 etc: He graduated in the class of ’87.
  3. 3
    [countable] a group of things, animals, or people with similar features or qualities
    class of: regulations for lower emissions limits for certain classes of vehicles
  4. 6
    [countable] one of the groups into which people are divided in a competition
    Andrews won his class by a massive 10-minute margin.
  5. 7
    [uncountable] informal impressive natural style, ability, or skill that someone has
    I’ll say this much for him: he’s got class.




a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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