Would it not be better to be unclassed—to live among people who help each other much because they have little to give?
It undermines one's sense of self-importance to find how quickly one can be unclassed.
It is unclassed—at least its position as Indo-European is doubtful.
If she loses it, she is unclassed entirely, and enters the half-world.
All we know of the unclassed is that they exist, apparently in ever-increasing masses.
There came a horrid wrench when I had to remember that I had chosen to make myself one of the unclassed, one of the "others."
First, to what caste should these unclassed strangers belong?
What attracted him now was the unclassed woman, the woman that bewilders the observer and the oldest Parisian.
If Spurrier had not been candid with him, at all events he had, perhaps, not unclassed himself.
Maseden, feeling oddly remote and unclassed among men of his own race, followed the second officer to the forecastle deck.
c.1600, "group of students," from French classe (14c.), from Latin classis "a class, a division; army, fleet," especially "any one of the six orders into which Servius Tullius divided the Roman people for the purpose of taxation;" traditionally originally "the people of Rome under arms" (a sense attested in English from 1650s), and thus akin to calare "to call (to arms)," from PIE root *kele- (2) "to shout" (see claim (v.)). In early use in English also in Latin form classis.
School and university sense of "course, lecture" (1650s) is from the notion of a form or lecture reserved to scholars who had attained a certain level. Natural history sense is from 1753. Meaning "a division of society according to status" (upper, lower, etc.) is from 1772. Meaning "high quality" is from 1847. Class-consciousness (1903) is from German klassenbewusst.
1705, "to divide into classes," from class (n.) or French classer. Sense of "to place into a class" is from 1776. Related: Classed; classing.
A taxonomic category ranking below a phylum or division and above an order.
A taxonomic category of organisms ranking above an order and below a phylum or division. In modern taxonomic schemes, the names of classes end in -phyceae for the various groups of algae, -mycetes for fungi, and -opsida for plants (as in Liliopsida, the class of plants also termed monocotyledons). The names of classes belonging to phyla of the animal kingdom, however, are formed in various ways, as Osteichthyes the bony fishes, Aves, the birds, and Mammalia, the mammals, all of which are classes belonging to the subphylum Vertebrata (the vertebrates) in the phylum Chordata. See Table at taxonomy.
A group of people sharing the same social, economic, or occupational status. The term class usually implies a social and economic hierarchy, in which those of higher class standing have greater status, privilege, prestige, and authority. Western societies have traditionally been divided into three classes: the upper or leisure class, the middle class (bourgeoisie), and the lower or working class. For Marxists, the significant classes are the bourgeoisie and the proletariat.
: a real class joint
High quality; admirable style; cachet: quiet dignity under fire, real class (1870s+)