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middle class

Syllabification: mid·dle class

Definition of middle class in English:


[treated as singular or plural]
The social group between the upper and working classes, including professional and business workers and their families: the urbanization and expansion of the middle class commerce brought ever-increasing wealth to the middle classes
More example sentences
  • The war is an issue that the educated middle classes feel very profoundly about.
  • The defeat of Austria by Prussia brought home to Napoleon the need to reconcile all classes, especially the educated middle classes, to the regime.
  • The site is decidedly apolitical, and betrays no overt signs of the ongoing tension between the increasingly reformist, secular-leaning educated middle class, and the fundamentalist ruling elite.


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1Relating to the middle class: a middle-class suburb
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  • A middle-class boy from the suburbs would have picked up a camera at art school, but Jobson took two decades to find his metier.
  • Some comprehensives, particularly those in middle-class suburbs, succeed.
  • And he found a sedate, respectable, middle-class partner from the suburbs of London.
1.1Characteristic of the middle class, especially in attaching importance to convention, security, and material comfort: a rebellion against middle-class values
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  • It endorses mainstream and largely middle-class values and language.
  • Kate was middle-class and comfortable, and her father was a magazine editor.
  • It is less clear that Scotland is comfortable with becoming more middle-class.
bourgeois, conventional, mainstream, plain-vanilla;
suburban, white-picket-fence, Waspish, WASP, yuppie



Example sentences
  • The emphasis on the supposed correctness of their English denotes a certain amount of middle-classness.
  • There's been a lot written of late about the middle-classness of rock groups such as Keane, as if this was a relatively recent aspect of pop culture, proof at last of an equitable society.

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