lower class

[ loh-er ]
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  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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[ loh-er-klas, -klahs ]

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

Origin of lower-class

First recorded in 1890–95

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British Dictionary definitions for lower class

lower class

  1. the social stratum having the lowest position in the social hierarchy: Compare middle class, upper class, working class

  1. of or relating to the lower class

  2. inferior or vulgar

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