the social, economic, and cultural class of people thought of as having approximately average status, income, education, tastes, and the like: Life for the middle class includes going to college, getting a job, getting married, buying a house, and raising kids.We intend to put an end to the tax squeeze on the middle class.
Sociology.Sometimes middle classes . the socioeconomic stratum intermediate between the upper or aristocratic class and the laboring class, made up mostly of business people, professionals, civil servants, and skilled workers, and sometimes further subdivided into the upper middle class and the lower middle class :In the 1950s and 1960s in America, an emphasis on education increased upward mobility, and the middle class expanded.Self-improvement, a strong work ethic, and modesty were among the core moral values of the German middle classes of the early 20th century.
any intermediate class.
Other definitions for middle-class (2 of 2)
of, relating to, or characteristic of the middle class; bourgeois: middle-class taste; middle-class morality.
- middle-classness, noun
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How to use middle class in a sentence
The expansion of federal subsidies for Affordable Care Act health plans, stretching to reach people who are in the middle class or unemployed, is woven into a proposal the House Ways and Means Committee is expected to approve by the end of this week.Affordable Care Act subsidies likely to increase under congressional plan | Amy Goldstein | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Economists predicted that Mexico’s economy would contract by up to 9% in 2020, wiping out years of gains for a burgeoning middle class, and potentially pushing some 10 million people into extreme poverty based on income.Tourists Are Returning to Cancún. But Workers' Fears About COVID-19 Never Went Away | Oscar Lopez / Cancún, Mexico | January 11, 2021 | Time
Today’s politicians take evident pride in the United States’ small businesses, large military and middle class.We teach students how to understand the U.S., not to love it — or hate it | Daniel Immerwahr | December 23, 2020 | Washington Post
Wealth is moving upward everywhere, and everywhere the middle class is disappearing.Art has been brutalized by tech’s giants. How can it survive? | Konstantin Kakaes | December 23, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Coming out of the Vietnam War era, the middle class really did pay a substantial share of taxes and reap a much smaller share of benefits.Politicians say the middle class gets a bad deal from the U.S. tax system. They’re (kind of) wrong. | Andrew Van Dam | December 10, 2020 | Washington Post
The same picture emerges from middle class men in the U.S., Canada, and the Nordic countries.
As a white, educated, Western, middle-class male, I possess most of the unearned privilege the world has to offer.
But in more middle-class and working-class neighborhoods, sessions are typically a fourth of that price.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread | IranWire | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
No longer does it constitute a reliable, middle class-based alternative to the corporatist mindset of the Republicans.
Faced with the loss of middle class voters, the administration seems determined to double down on its current coalition.
Among the middle class there was a strong party which had accepted the doctrines of the French Revolution.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
Governor Street was just as dirty and squalid as any other tenement-house street in the poorer section of a middle-class city.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
Wealthy tradesmen, also, hold a special position in the mixed middle class.Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
A cold tone of gentle-blooded, high-middle-class respectability prevails.Our Churches and Chapels | Atticus
The congregation is a mixture of working and middle class people; the former kind being preponderant.Our Churches and Chapels | Atticus
British Dictionary definitions for middle class
of, relating to, or characteristic of the middle class
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Cultural definitions for middle class
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.
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