- of, relating to, or characteristic of the middle class; bourgeois: middle-class taste; middle-class morality.
Origin of middle-class
- a class of people intermediate between the classes of higher and lower social rank or standing; the social, economic, cultural class, having approximately average status, income, education, tastes, and the like.
- the class traditionally intermediate between the aristocratic class and the laboring class.
- an intermediate class.
Origin of middle class
Examples from the Web for middle-class
As a white, educated, Western, middle-class male, I possess most of the unearned privilege the world has to offer.In 2015, Let’s Try for More Compassion
January 4, 2015
Memo to all Republican contenders: The GOP is now the home of white working- and middle-class voters.Bush, Christie, Romney: Who’ll Be the GOP Class Warrior?
December 15, 2014
The Affordable Care Act was always a short-term political loser with respect to middle-class voters.Staving Off a Democratic Civil War
December 2, 2014
For us, the police embrace nothing if not working- and middle-class values and morality.Prosecutor Used Grand Jury to Let Darren Wilson Walk
November 28, 2014
Middle-class Congolese like himself, called “évolué,” or “evolved,” were hunted down for having ties with the Europeans.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
This middle-class sentiment, or socialism, or whatever it may be, is rotten.Strife (First Series Plays)
I had read, in books by English writers, of the British middle-class Pharisee.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
The Manila middle-class native, in particular, possesses none of this.The Philippine Islands
That is the life of the middle-class woman, as you probably know.The Daffodil Mystery
England's middle-class government was the ideal of human progress.The Education of Henry Adams
- of, relating to, or characteristic of the middle class
Word Origin and History for middle-class
1766; as an adjective, "characteristic of the middle class" (depreciative) it dates from 1893.
A social and economic class composed of those more prosperous than the poor, or lower class, and less wealthy than the upper class. Middle class is sometimes loosely used to refer to the bourgeoisie. In the United States and other industrial countries, the term is often applied to white-collar, as opposed to blue-collar, workers.