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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


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

Examples of lower-class in a Sentence

Noun a member of the lower class
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The man who had her heart, a sailor named Frederick Wentworth (Cosmo Jarvis), was of a lower class. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 16 July 2022 The consumption of America’s lower class would be middle-class by European standards, and the tax burden plays a big role here too. Kyle Smith, National Review, 5 Apr. 2022 Programs that were playing up that did not earn a point were returned to the lower class. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Apr. 2022 The Commonwealth's newspaper is covering up what happened at the gala when Tyler took Max hostage and claimed there's an uprising a foot amongst the lower class. Nick Romano, EW.com, 7 Mar. 2022 The damaging effects of the pandemic financially upended many middle and lower class households but conversely, the report points out that world’s richest have only got richer. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 19 Jan. 2022 The bill’s original version would have applied more broadly, potentially requiring schools to lower class sizes in high-income schools and raise them in schools with a concentration of low-income students, who have greater learning needs. oregonlive, 22 Dec. 2021 Some school principals were able to lower class sizes by rearranging class schedules, Borden said. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Nov. 2021 This required that particularly dominant teams in a lower class advance to the higher class. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, 28 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of lower-class


1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1637, in the meaning defined above

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“Lower-class.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lower-class. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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