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 The Miami in which the immigrants are arriving is a city where even middle class families are being steadily squeezed out. Christine Armario, Washington Post, 11 July 2022 There were middle class families with thermoses of water, pensioners in undershirts and students holding yellow umbrellas symbolizing the protest movement. New York Times, 30 June 2022 Born to a lower middle class family in 1945, Hernandez made a fortune building real estate in the 1990s, as millions of Colombians migrated from the countryside to urban areas. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, 16 June 2022 Support of over 70% came from the solidly middle class districts of the Sunset and Lake Merced. Michael Bernick, Forbes, 15 June 2022 With median home sale prices hitting record highs, the dream of middle class homeownership no longer exists. Hillary Hoffower, Fortune, 12 June 2022 Both signed on for gigs in upper middle class markets where expectations may not match the stomach of owners John Middleton and Arte Moreno to write bottomless checks until the team is perfect. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 10 June 2022 Stevens took a different stance, calling on lawmakers to address the issue by expanding financial aid to more middle class students in Michigan. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 25 May 2022 All seven were Black women between the ages of 31 and 43 and lived in middle class households, averaging an annual income between $40,000 and $126,000. Orlando Sentinel, 18 May 2022 See More

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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 12 Aug. 2022.

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

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