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mid·​dle-class ˌmi-dᵊl-ˈklas How to pronounce middle-class (audio)
: of or relating to the middle class
especially : characterized by a high material standard of living, sexual morality, and respect for property
middle-classness noun

middle class

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: 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

Examples of middle-class in a Sentence

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Just over a third of Americans met all six markers of a middle-class lifestyle. Scott Clement, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 As Chinese consumers became thriftier in 2023 in the face of economic uncertainty, its formula of rock-bottom prices and frequent coupons and rewards caught fire with middle-class Chinese shoppers. Drew Bernstein, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 For Blum, this has meant a self-conscious climb into American middle-class hide-a-bed comfort. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 15 Feb. 2024 Ditto the flashbacks to her middle-class family back in the West African country, who can afford to hire armed security guards while intimations of civil war percolate around them. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 14 Feb. 2024 Smaller in scale to his genre efforts, this new German-language drama looks closer in feel to his 2010 effort 3, telling the story of a dysfunctional middle-class family whose world is disrupted and enlivened when a new housekeeper, Farrah (Tala al Deen), from Syria, enters their lives. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Feb. 2024 Economics Douglas Carr: Neoliberalism’s critics typically denounce stagnating incomes, the declining availability of middle-class jobs especially for blue-collar men in manufacturing, and increasing inequality. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 11 Feb. 2024 Mandates such as banning gas appliances or enforcing electric car purchases can be a burden for middle-class families. Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 The impact on working- and middle-class Americans would be intolerable. Andrew Puzder, National Review, 5 Feb. 2024
About a third of Americans match popular image of the middle class About 9 in 10 Americans agreed that these six individual conditions were necessary to belong to the middle class, according to a Washington Post poll ... and retire comfortably. ... Scott Clement, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 Delhi, a metropolis of more than 20 million people, has seen rapid urbanization over the past few decades, with a vast, modern metro system, and a burgeoning middle class that has come to symbolize India’s economic growth. Rhea Mogul, CNN, 15 Feb. 2024 While the rate of U.S. inflation may have moderated, paychecks of the middle class have been gobbled up by the surge in housing and food costs. Drew Bernstein, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 The vibrant blue walls, which dominate the film’s visual palette, suggested to Ben Hania the interior of middle class and lower income housing in Tunisia. Steve Dollar, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2024 The victory showed Pakistan’s young voters and the middle class were disillusioned with the status quo of political parties backed by the Sharif and Bhutto clans and voted in numbers for an alternative. Eltaf Najafizada, Fortune, 11 Feb. 2024 The forecast of the vanishing middle class (and its attendant problems) is the greatest problem facing Mecklenburg County in the next decade. Charlotte Observer, 8 Feb. 2024 In Lahore, that sentiment is especially strong among the young upper middle class that saw Mr. Khan as a reformer. Christina Goldbaum, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 Thelma Golden grew up in the heart of the Black middle class. Calvin Tomkins, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1836, in the meaning defined above


1745, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of middle-class was in 1745

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“Middle-class.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middle-class. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

middle class

: a social class that occupies a position between the upper class and the lower class and is composed mainly of business and professional people, government officials, farmers, and skilled workers
middle-class adjective

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