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  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the lower class: lower-class values.

Origin of lower-class

First recorded in 1890–95

lower class

  1. a class of people below the middle class, having the lowest social rank or standing due to low income, lack of skills or education, and the like.
  2. (broadly) working class.

Origin of lower class

First recorded in 1765–75
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Examples from the Web for lower-class

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  • Swallowed in the vortex of lower-class life of Paris—dead, probably.

    The White Lie

    William Le Queux

  • But it resembled some lower-class citizen's family carryall.

    Final Weapon

    Everett B. Cole

  • The photoplays have done something to reunite the lower-class families.

  • It is only the lower-class women who sleep on the house-tops.

  • Josephina is Finn and lower-class with a foreign look, and she is forty-five and looks sixty and is twelve years out of Finland.

    I, Mary MacLane

    Mary MacLane

British Dictionary definitions for lower-class

lower class

  1. the social stratum having the lowest position in the social hierarchyCompare middle class, upper class, working class
adjective lower-class
  1. of or relating to the lower class
  2. inferior or vulgar
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