middle class

middle class

noun
1.
a class of people intermediate between the classes of higher and lower social rank or standing; the social, economic, cultural class, having approximately average status, income, education, tastes, and the like.
2.
the class traditionally intermediate between the aristocratic class and the laboring class.
3.
an intermediate class.

Origin:
1760–70

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middle-class

[mid-l-klas, -klahs]
adjective
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the middle class; bourgeois: middle-class taste; middle-class morality.

Origin:
1890–95

middle-classness, noun
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middle class
 
n
1.  lower class upper class Compare working class Also called: bourgeoisie a social stratum that is not clearly defined but is positioned between the lower and upper classes. It consists of businessmen, professional people, etc, along with their families, and is marked by bourgeois values
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or characteristic of the middle class

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middle class
1766 (n.); as an adj., "characteristic of the middle class" (depreciative) it dates from 1893.
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middle class definition


A social and economic class composed of those more prosperous than the poor, or lower class, and less wealthy than the upper class. Middle class is sometimes loosely used to refer to the bourgeoisie. In the United States and other industrial countries, the term is often applied to white-collar, as opposed to blue-collar, workers.

Note: Values commonly associated with the middle class include a desire for social respectability and material wealth and an emphasis on the family and education.
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