middle-class

adjective
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

middle class

noun

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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Many more starved to death in the Khmer Rouge’s radical experiment to reshape Cambodia, which exiled much of the middle class to the countryside. James Hookway, WSJ, "U.N. Tribunal for First Time Finds Former Khmer Rouge Leaders Guilty of Genocide," 16 Nov. 2018 All these traits — deep experience, nimbleness, connections, a relentless focus on the efficient construction of homes for the middle class — positioned him perfectly to ride a growing wave of federal spending on housing. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 With the American Dream becoming more of a reality to the middle class, designers and architects honed in on their populist message: Design should not only be beautifully constructed, functional, and efficient, but attainable. Hillary Brown, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Mid-Century Modern Design," 13 Sep. 2018 Rent burdens also aren’t solely a low-income issue; rent is becoming increasingly out of reach for the middle class everywhere. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Two senators are proposing national rent relief bills. Here’s why it matters," 10 Aug. 2018 To reclaim its place as the party of the middle class, Democrats could do worse than rebalance their platform in favor of appeals to the immediate, material concerns of ordinary people. John Benjamin, The New Republic, "Business Class," 14 May 2018 The obvious answer is to change the income tax rate —lower it on the high earners and raise it for the middle class. sacbee, "Tax haircuts and concerts – or the rich? Californians consider the options," 9 July 2018 Cummings and Warren have teamed up on a number of key issues in recent years, including tours focusing on economic disparity in America and the challenges of the poor and middle class. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, Sen. Elizabeth Warren plan sweeping legislation to combat opioid crisis," 17 Apr. 2018 Taxing the poor and middle class is no way to fund pensions. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "In their own words: Why Kentucky teachers aren't giving up their fight," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of middle-class

Adjective

1836, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1745, in the meaning defined above

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middle class

noun

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

middle class

noun

Kids Definition of middle class

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

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