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{{11}}grade (n.) 1510s, "degree of measurement," from Fr. grade "grade, degree" (16c.), from L. gradus "step, pace, gait, walk;" figuratively "a step, stage, degree," related to gradi "to walk, step, go," from PIE *ghredh- (Cf. Lith. gridiju "to go, wander," O.C.S. gredo "to come," O.Ir. in-greinn "he pursues," and second element in CONGRESS (Cf. congress), PROGRESS (Cf. progress), etc.).
Replaced M.E. gree "step, degree in a series," from O.Fr. grei "step," from L. gradus. Railway sense is from 1811. Meaning "class of things having the same quality or value" is from 1807; meaning "division of a school curriculum equivalent to one year" is from 1835; that of "letter-mark indicating assessment of a student's work" is from 1886 (earlier used of numerical grades). Grade A "top quality, fit for human consumption" (originally of milk) is from a U.S. system instituted in 1912.
{{12}}grade (v.) 1650s, "to arrange in grades," from GRADE (Cf. grade) (n.). Related: Graded; grading.

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