middle-class

adjective
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

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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Adjective

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

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The affordable housing crisis is squeezing the middle class and the poor alike. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Where the Democratic primary candidates stand on housing," 8 July 2019 So, passing a middle class and working families tax cut. Time Staff, Time, "Here's What the Candidates Said During Thursday's Dramatic Democratic Presidential Debate," 29 June 2019 Administration officials repeatedly pledged that the middle class and poor would benefit from lower tax rates, but the chief beneficiaries of the overhaul so far have been the wealthy and corporations. Washington Post, "Poor Americans likely to be hit hardest by new US tariffs," 4 June 2019 That devotion to the form, even at its least fashionable, means Neel, who grew up middle class and bored in small town Pennsylvania, subsisted for much of her adult life on welfare checks. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Searching for Myself in Alice Neel’s Radical Portraits," 26 Feb. 2019 Those trillions of dollars and wealth creation begin to finally move into the middle class and workers. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Tesla’s board is too weak to stop its CEO Elon Musk from tweeting," 5 Oct. 2018 Turkey is endowed with formidable economic strengths — a relatively young population of about 80 million, a growing middle class, a location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia and glorious scenery underpinning a major tourism industry. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "For Erdogan, the Bill for Turkey’s Debt-Fueled Growth Comes Due," 24 June 2019 Among the factors that have contributed to the growth is the emergence of a robust middle class in China. Max Reyes, BostonGlobe.com, "Will the trade war cut the number of tourists from China? The tourism industry is wary," 19 June 2019 Chinese tourists have become a sought-after clientèle, as the emergence of a booming middle class has turned the country into the world’s bigger sender of tourists abroad. Anna Pujol-mazzini, Time, "Violence in Mali Put an End to a Thriving Tourist Industry. Now the Government Wants to Tap Into China's Tourism Market," 18 June 2019

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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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The first known use of middle-class was in 1745

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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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