lower-class

adjective
low·​er-class | \ ˌlō-ər-ˈklas How to pronounce lower-class (audio) \

Definition of lower-class

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of the lower class
2 : being an inferior or low-ranking specimen of its kind a lower-class theater

lower class

noun

Definition of lower class (Entry 2 of 2)

: a social class occupying a position below the middle class and having the lowest status in a society

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Examples of lower-class in a Sentence

Noun a member of the lower class
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While soul food is often relegated to home cooking or considered lower class, the third episode shares another part of the African American food story: the role Black Americans have played in shaping fine dining for the upper echelons of society. Washington Post, 24 May 2021 Her speech will also call for lower class sizes, which could mean hiring additional educators. BostonGlobe.com, 13 May 2021 The funds will also be used to lower class sizes for the next school year. John Benson, cleveland, 7 Apr. 2021 Drops down into a lower class after a nice run versus much better in last outing. NOLA.com, 17 Jan. 2021 Seeking a renewal of a $2.1 million maintenance and operations override, which supports full-day kindergarten, lower class sizes, special science and technology programming, extracurricular programs, and salaries for staff members. Lily Altavena, The Arizona Republic, 3 Nov. 2020 Seeking a renewal of a $2.1 million maintenance and operations override, which supports full-day kindergarten, lower class sizes, special science and technology programming, extracurricular programs, and salaries for staff members. Lily Altavena, The Arizona Republic, 3 Nov. 2020 Nice improvement in last albeit at lower class; a repeat contends. Michael Beychok, NOLA.com, 12 Dec. 2020 Seeking a renewal of a $2.1 million maintenance and operations override, which supports full-day kindergarten, lower class sizes, special science and technology programming, extracurricular programs, and salaries for staff members. Lily Altavena, The Arizona Republic, 3 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of lower-class

Adjective

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1637, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lower-class was in 1637

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“Lower-class.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lower-class. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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lower-class

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lower-class

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not fancy, wealthy, or expensive

lower class

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lower class (Entry 2 of 2)

: a social class that is below the middle class and that has the lowest status in a society

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