middle class

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a class of people intermediate between the classes of higher and lower social rank or standing; the social, economic, cultural class, having approximately average status, income, education, tastes, and the like.
the class traditionally intermediate between the aristocratic class and the laboring class.
an intermediate class.
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Origin of middle class

First recorded in 1760–70

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[ mid-l-klas, -klahs ]
/ ˈmɪd lˈklæs, -ˈklɑs /

of, relating to, or characteristic of the middle class; bourgeois: middle-class taste; middle-class morality.

Origin of middle-class

First recorded in 1890–95

OTHER WORDS FROM middle-class

middle-classness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for middle class

middle class

Also called: bourgeoisie a social stratum that is not clearly defined but is positioned between the lower and upper classes. It consists of businessmen, professional people, etc, along with their families, and is marked by bourgeois valuesCompare lower class, upper class, working class
adjective middle-class
of, relating to, or characteristic of the middle class
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Cultural definitions for middle class

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.

notes for middle class

Values commonly associated with the middle class include a desire for social respectability and material wealth and an emphasis on the family and education.
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