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upper class

a class of people above the middle class, having the highest social rank or standing based on wealth, family connections, and the like.
Origin of upper class
First recorded in 1830-40
Related forms
upper-class, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • My work, my home and my whole life were bound in with the upper class.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Red-faced and white-bearded, he was unmistakably an Englishman of the upper class.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • You have the upper class, the middle class, the lower class.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • The women of the upper class are allowed to take exercise only at this time.

    Travels in the Far East

    Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
  • I'd be the last to contend that an upper class is necessarily parasitic.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for upper class

upper class

the class occupying the highest position in the social hierarchy, esp the wealthy or the aristocracy
adjective (upper-class when prenominal)
of or relating to the upper class
(US, education) of or relating to the junior or senior classes of a college or high school
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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