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Java™ Language Specification, Third Edition, The by Gilad Bracha, Guy Steele, Bill Joy, James Gosling

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Chapter 8. Classes

 

class 1. The noun class derives fromMedieval French and French classe from Latin classis,probably originally a summons,hence a summoned collection of persons,a group liable to be summoned:perhaps for callassis from calare,to call, hence to summon.

 
 --Eric Partridge Origins: A Short Etymological Dictionary of Modern English

Class declarations define new reference types and describe how they are implemented (§8.1).

A nested class is any class whose declaration occurs within the body of another class or interface. A top level class is a class that is not a nested class.

This chapter discusses the common semantics of all classes—top level (§7.6) and nested (including member classes (§8.5, §9.5), local classes (§14.3) and anonymous ...

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