lower class

[ loh-er ]
/ ˈloʊ ər /
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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.
(broadly) working class.



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Origin of lower class

First recorded in 1765–75

Definition for lower class (2 of 2)

[ loh-er-klas, -klahs ]
/ ˈloʊ ərˈklæs, -ˈklɑs /


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


the social stratum having the lowest position in the social hierarchyCompare middle class, upper class, working class

adjective lower-class

of or relating to the lower class
inferior or vulgar
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