over·​class | \ ˈō-vər-ˌklas How to pronounce overclass (audio) \

Definition of overclass

: the highest social stratum : the segment of a society usually having the most wealth, influence, education, and prestige — compare underclass

Examples of overclass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Picking Kamala Harris is a sign that the overclass capture of the Democratic Party is still on, even if an old warhorse of the dying FDR coalition has to temporarily stand in the leading spot. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 13 Aug. 2020 The Jedi knights, turns out, are an emotionless priestly overclass raised in a society of parentless tutorials. Darren Franich, EW.com, 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of overclass

1965, in the meaning defined above

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“Overclass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overclass. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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