lower-class

adjective
low·er-class | \ˌlō-ər-ˈklas \

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

Work in manufacturing was something for the lower classes. The Economist, "A welcome upgrade to apprenticeships," 12 July 2018 The district is in the midst of a strategic planning process, and the school board recently voted to lower class sizes, something that will impact how much space is available at other buildings. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Some Lake County preschool programs to grow with new state dollars," 4 July 2018 Outside San Francisco’s 49 square miles of unreality, economies like those of Europe have a social safety net to dampen the hardships for the lower classes. Antonio García Martínez, WIRED, "How Silicon Valley Fuels an Informal Caste System," 9 July 2018 Middle-class evangelicals, hoping to curb drinking and exert power over the lower class, drove the Maine effort. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "Do Marine Mammals Yawn and More Questions From Our Readers," 28 June 2018 Among those assigned to the lower class were teens who had known hunger in their own lives. San Francisco Chronicle, "A Retreat’s Risky Lessons," 14 June 2018 When the Nationals somewhat reluctantly promoted Soto for his May 20 debut, GM Mike Rizzo spoke in glowing terms about Soto’s plate discipline, and how that could ease his transition in leaping from low Class A to Nationals Park in six weeks. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Why Nationals teen-phenom Juan Soto may be here to stay," 14 June 2018 McKay zipped through Bowling Green, a lower Class A affiliate, holding batters to an .096 average in six starts. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "The Rays Are Building Their Own Shohei Ohtani From the Ground Up," 11 June 2018 As is usually the case in low Class A, Lalli had to deal with his share of turnover. Paul Johnson, Elgin Courier-News, "That winning feeling: Cougars wrap up first half above .500, aim higher in second half," 24 June 2018

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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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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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