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upper class Syllabification: up·per class
Pronunciation: /ˈəpər klas/

Definition of upper class in English:


[treated as singular or plural]
The social group that has the highest status in society, especially the aristocracy.
Example sentences
  • The society is made up of the wealthy upper class, the middle class, and the working or lower class.
  • Libertarians, of course, are primarily from the middle to upper classes of society.
  • The problem is that the upper classes in this society over-consume more than anybody else.


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Relating to the group that has the highest status in society: upper-class accents
More example sentences
  • He asked himself, loudly, in a relatively upper-class accent.
  • He uses an upper-class accent and claims to come from a wealthy family.
  • Born into an upper-class family with a feudal culture, Zohra frequently noticed unfair treatment around her.
aristocratic, noble, of noble birth, patrician, titled, blue-blooded, high-born, well born, elite, born with a silver spoon in one's mouth;
rich, wealthy;
upscale, upmarket, upper-crust, high-class, tony, top-drawer, classy, posh, uptown;
landowning, landed
archaicgentle, of gentle birth

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