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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Class n.
 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.
 Class of a curve Math., the kind of a curve as expressed by the number of tangents that can be drawn from any point to the curve. A circle is of the second class.
 Class meeting Methodist Church, a meeting of a class under the charge of a class leader, for counsel and relegious instruction.