Definition of underclass
: the lowest social stratum usually made up of disadvantaged minority groups
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The particulars are now familiar: Good jobs are disappearing, working people are falling into poverty, the underclass is swelling, crime is out of control.
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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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