mid·dle-class | \ ˌmi-dᵊl-ˈklas \

Definition of middle-class 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

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Definition of middle class (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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middle-classness \-nəs \ noun

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Gifted and talented programs in the district were created in part to attract white middle class families who were unhappy with their neighborhood schools. Elizabeth A. Harris, New York Times, "Cynthia Nixon. Parent. Activist. Governor?," 3 July 2018 That's in part because of rising gas prices, stagnant middle class wages and deals that are still too good to pass up. Fox News, "Small used car prices on the rise," 27 June 2018 First, the two-car garage was the sign of middle class prosperity. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "The tricked-out, high-end garages you will dream of," 12 June 2018 Your work feels like surreal snapshots of a Lynchian dreamworld—a place where American middle class suburbia is kind of exalted into this exotic realm. Andrea Alonso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Step Inside the Lynchian World of L.A. Photographer Nadia Lee Cohen," 21 May 2018 Rothman said that victims of human trafficking are now younger and from middle class families, and the issue needs to be addressed on an education level as well as in the court system. Emily Sorensen, Rancho Bernardo, "Two vying for judge position in San Diego Superior Court race," 17 May 2018 The super rich to middle class gap is defined by those in the top five percent of income vs households in the middle 20 percent. Wei Lu, Bloomberg.com, "These Are the U.S. Cities With the Fastest-Growing Wealth Gaps," 19 Apr. 2018 Alyssa grew up in a middle class family, the third of four children. CBS News, "Inside the world of child sex trafficking and the high-tech approach to saving victims," 31 Mar. 2018 Most were middle class and secular, some holding placards with one hand and dogs on leashes with the other. Matthew Campbell, Bloomberg.com, "Benjamin Netanyahu Could Be Heading for a Fifth Term. Or to Court," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of middle-class


1836, in the meaning defined above


1745, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of middle class

: 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

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Kids Definition of middle class

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

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