Via other European languages (probably French classe, maybe via German Klasse, ultimately a borrowing from Latin classis (“a class or division of the people, assembly of people, the whole body of citizens called to arms, the army, the fleet, later a class or division in general”).
klase f (5th declension)
- (education) grade, class (a certain level of the education system or of a learning institution; group of students learning at that level)
- mācīties piektajā klasē — to study in fifth grade
- pārcelt uz nākamo klasi — to move (up) to the next grade
- beigt astoņas klases — to finish eight grades (= 8th grade)
- vecākās klases — senior grades, classes
- klases biedri — classmates
- klases audzinātājs — class teacher
- vijoles, klavieru klase — violin, piano class
- classroom (space, usually a room, where a group of students of the same level of learning meet and study under the guidance of a teacher)
- ienākt klasē — to enter the classroom
- vēdināt klasi — to ventilate the classroom
- klases darbs — class work (= written work done in class)
- bunch; a group of a number of similar things, either growing together, or in a cluster or clump.