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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The upper classes, meanwhile, were shocked by the destitution. Marlo Safi, National Review, "A Raw Look at the New ‘Other Half’," 29 June 2019 Along the Séptima Norte stretch of the Ciclovía, which cuts through a narrow park in an upper class section of the city, flaneurs fill sidewalk cafes, their dogs parked below their chairs, baby strollers alongside. Juan Cristóbal Cobo, National Geographic, "This city bans cars every Sunday—and people love it," 27 Mar. 2019 The British upper classes quickly followed suit, but the rest of the country remained aloof until 1848, when the London Illustrated News published a charming picture of Queen Victoria and her family gathered around a large Christmas tree. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Trees of Life and Wonder," 13 Dec. 2018 Among women of the upper class with means, Lister was hardly alone in forging her own kind of life. Jeanna Kadlec, Longreads, "The 19th Century Lesbian Made for 21st Century Consumption," 7 June 2019 Americans have changed their dining habits: The country’s upper class has soured on paying $15 to $20 per meal for bland bar fare, and the chain sustaining middle class can no longer afford it. Jordan Lebeau, New York Times, "Red Lobster and Waffles," 12 May 2018 First the aristocracy, then the middle and upper classes participated in a movement to document their living spaces, and the design, architecture and furniture of their homes and estates. Elizabeth Pash, House Beautiful, "Why You Need to Start Collecting Interior Drawings," 19 Apr. 2019 But instead the values reflect the perspective of certain groups of students — of those who tend to have more power status in society, which tends to be white middle upper class. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Why so many poor kids who get into college don’t end up enrolling," 3 Aug. 2018 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

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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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