Definition of middle class in English:

middle class

Syllabification: mid·dle class

noun

[treated as singular or plural]
  • The social group between the upper and working classes, including professional and business workers and their families.
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    • I want the working class and the middle class and the upper class, and in Britain I've got it.
    • These measures were for the benefit of the middle and upper middle classes.
    • It might be a shock for the comfortable and soft middle and upper middle classes, but reality often is.

adjective

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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.
    Synonyms
    bourgeois, conventional, mainstream, plain-vanilla; suburban, white-picket-fence, Waspish, WASP, yuppie

Derivatives

middle-classness

noun
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  • 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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