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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Other Words from middle-class

Adjective

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

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The measures led to a significant rise in prices and services, something critics say has hurt the poor and middle class the hardest. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "Egypt’s leader raises minimum wage by 67 percent," 30 Mar. 2019 Critics say the current tax proposal unfairly targets the poor and the middle class. Omar Akour, BostonGlobe.com, "Jordan’s king appoints new prime minister as protests resume," 5 June 2018 Migrants form a huge group, roughly as numerous as the middle class. The Economist, "In China’s cities, young people with rural ties are angry," 3 May 2018 By the late ‘60s, aviation in general had evolved from a niche and expensive luxury into a massive commercial industry enjoyed by middle class families. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "When Pan Am Promised To Fly Us To the Moon," 28 Feb. 2019 Written and directed by Cuarón, Roma follows the maid of a middle class family in Mexico City in the '70s. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Roma Director Alfonso Cuarón? You've Definitely Seen His Incredible Movies," 23 Feb. 2019 The trend poses a major risk for many Americans: Household equity is the principal source of wealth for middle class households; without it, many would struggle to build much wealth at all. Josh Boak, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: Falling home sales not helping middle-class buyers," 23 Jan. 2019 In the second half of the 20th century, Simon was the American theater's most successful and prolific playwrights, often chronicling middle class issues and fears. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Neil Simon dead at 91," 26 Aug. 2018 The lower middle class in Western and Asian industrialized societies today has a higher living standard than the pope and the emperors of a few centuries back, in every dimension. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Human history, in one chart," 8 Nov. 2018

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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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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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