middle-class

adjective mid·dle-class \ ˌmi-dᵊl-ˈklas \
Updated on: 19 May 2018

Definition of middle-class

: of or relating to the middle class; especially : characterized by a high material standard of living, sexual morality, and respect for property

middle-classness

play \-nəs\ noun

First Known Use of middle-class

1836

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middle class

noun

Definition of middle class

: a class occupying a position between the upper class and the lower class; especially : a fluid heterogeneous socioeconomic grouping composed principally of business and professional people, bureaucrats, and some farmers and skilled workers sharing common social characteristics and values

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First Known Use of middle class

1745

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MIDDLE-CLASS Defined for English Language Learners

middle class

Definition of middle class for English Language Learners

  • : the social class that is between the upper class and the lower class and that includes mainly business and professional people, government officials, and skilled workers


MIDDLE-CLASS Defined for Kids

middle class

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Definition of middle class for Students

: a social class between that of the wealthy and the poor

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