mid·​dle-class | \ ˌmi-dᵊl-ˈklas How to pronounce middle-class (audio) \

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 \ ˌmi-​dᵊl-​ˈklas-​nəs How to pronounce middle class (audio) \ noun

Examples of middle-class in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Because suburbanites are now a core part of the Democratic coalition, there could be severe political ramifications to forcing the upper middle class to pay for too much of his agenda. The Editors, National Review, 11 June 2021 But keeping the city middle class was an uphill battle. Melissa Smith, New York Times, 1 June 2021 Millennials are struggling with job prospects, and joining the middle class remains out of reach for many South Koreans. Rainer Michael Preiss, Forbes, 1 June 2021 He's put forward a way to do this that doesn't touch the middle class just by having fairer corporate tax rates. ABC News, 30 May 2021 Expanding opportunities for education and training would foster social mobility and grow the middle class. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 May 2021 This is sensible: Instead of trying to sell the middle class on a new entitlement, a President who wanted to unite the country could work at fixing the safety net for the people who really need it. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 9 May 2021 Colombia's demonstrations erupted April 28, despite virus lockdown orders, after the government of President Ivan Duque introduced a tax reform that would have squeezed the middle class. Star Tribune, 7 May 2021 Biden is far from the first president to talk about job creation, or to assert that unions built the middle class. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021

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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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“Middle-class.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middle-class. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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