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lower-class

[loh-er-klas, -klahs]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the lower class: lower-class values.
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Origin of lower-class

First recorded in 1890–95

lower class

[loh-er]
noun
  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.
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Origin of lower class

First recorded in 1765–75
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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.

    Rudyard Kipling

    John Palmer

  • 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

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