upper-class

adjective
up·​per-class | \ ˌə-pər-ˈklas How to pronounce upper-class (audio) , -ˈkläs\

Definition of upper-class

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or characteristic of the upper class

upper class

noun

Definition of upper class (Entry 2 of 2)

: a social class occupying a position above the middle class and having the highest status in a society

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Examples of upper-class in a Sentence

Noun

a popular pastime among the upper classes a member of the upper class

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They were embraced by the upper class and later, in the 19th century, were adopted by the French Navy in the form of the iconic Breton-striped top. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, "To Make Stripes Feel Fresh, Layer Them Wantonly," 31 Jan. 2019 The style grew quickly in popularity, especially among the French upper class, and following Napoleon's invasion of Russia, became a go-to for the Russian Tsars as well, cementing its status as an elite beverage. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Brut Champagne," 21 Dec. 2018 Climbing home prices from 1950 to the mid-2000s helped the middle class hold its own relative to the upper class. Jim Puzzanghera, The Seattle Times, "A decade after the financial crisis, many Americans are still struggling to recover," 10 Sep. 2018 In early years it was marketed to Britain’s upper class, and was reportedly a favorite of the royal household. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "PepsiCo Buys Seltzer Rival That Vilified It," 20 Aug. 2018 And the chart is broken down into what types of homes the participants were born into (lower class, middle class, or upper class). Brian Resnick, Vox, "How scientists are trying to predict your future with your genes," 23 Aug. 2018 The children at the university preschools were mostly from white, educated, middle-to-upper class families. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "Kids Today Are Actually More Patient Than Kids 50 Years Ago," 11 July 2018 Much of today’s upper class is engaged in a frenzy of self-improvement. Vanessa Grigoriadis, New York Times, "The ‘Sex Cult’ That Preached Empowerment," 30 May 2018 Hauling water was a laborious process in that era, but bidet bathing was a regular indulgence for the aristocracy and upper classes. Maria Teresa Hart, The Atlantic, "The Bidet's Revival," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of upper-class

Adjective

1837, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1814, in the meaning defined above

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upper class

noun

English Language Learners Definition of upper class

: a social class that is above the middle class : the highest social class

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