underclass

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noun un·der·class \ˈən-dər-ˌklas\

Definition of underclass

  1. :  the lowest social stratum usually made up of disadvantaged minority groups

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First Known Use of underclass

1918


UNDERCLASS Defined for English Language Learners

underclass

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Definition of underclass for English Language Learners

  • : a social class made up of people who are very poor and have very little power or chance to improve their lives : the lowest social class


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