Definition of class system in US English:

class system


  • 1Roman History. The system of dividing Roman property owners into classes for military service, according to wealth.

  • 2The system of dividing Methodist congregations into classes.

  • 3US. The system in American colleges and universities in which a student's courses, examinations, social life, etc., are determined chiefly by their class, as opposed to personal achievement or individual decisions. Now historical.

  • 4The division of society into social classes; the particular form or nature of this division in a given society.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in George Grote (1794–1871), historian and politician. From class + system.