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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He’s been described as a rich guy who’s middle class. Katherine Peralta And Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "A new chapter is about to begin for the Carolina Panthers. Here's what we know.," 29 June 2018 Victorian technology caused a major cultural shift and brought the middle class to the fore through media, manufacturing, capitalist marketing, entertainment. New York Times, "Ottessa Moshfegh: By the Book," 28 June 2018 Founded in 2010 by Chinese entrepreneur Wang Xing, Meituan has become one of the world’s most valuable private startups by creating a platform that provides services to China’s growing middle class. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "China’s Meituan Dianping Files for IPO, Reveals Loss of Nearly $3 Billion in 2017," 25 June 2018 Trump blamed those longtime GOP policies for disenfranchising the middle class through bad trade deals and support for freer immigration. NBC News, "McConnell's legacy built on winning fights, not friends," 12 June 2018 There is an exhibition on a housewares show hosted by the Defender in 1959 to raise funds for the paper and entice an emerging black middle class. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Archives of Historic Black Newspapers Are Going Digital," 11 June 2018 Minister of Social Affairs Mohamed Trabelsi said that the increased support will benefit some 250,000 families, and help the poor and middle class. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Village Profile: Indian Springs has historical roots to Bidai tribe," 2 June 2018 A few decades earlier, DuSable's community had been known as Bronzeville and had a middle class. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With PTSD reaching well beyond combat vets, trauma experts see need for 'healing spaces'," 18 May 2018 The goal is to raise wages for working people, build a stronger middle class, and then use that as a springboard for solving all sorts of societal issues, as well as fiscal issues. Gretel Kauffman, idahostatesman, "Pot-growing 'outlaw,' economics author face off for Idaho congressional seat | Idaho Statesman," 4 May 2018

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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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