standard of living

noun phrase

Definition of standard of living 

1 : the necessities, comforts, and luxuries enjoyed or aspired to by an individual or group

2 : a minimum of necessities, comforts, or luxuries held essential to maintaining a person or group in customary or proper status or circumstances

First Known Use of standard of living

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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