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lower class

[loh-er] /ˈloʊ ər/
a class of people below the middle class, having the lowest social rank or standing due to low income, lack of skills or education, and the like.
(broadly) working class.
Origin of lower class


[loh-er-klas, -klahs] /ˈloʊ ərˈklæs, -ˈklɑs/
of, relating to, or characteristic of the lower class:
lower-class values.
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This is generally occupied by some lower-class deity, who is just beginning to be considered respectable.

  • But it resembled some lower-class citizen's family carryall.

    Final Weapon Everett B. Cole
  • Josephina is Finn and lower-class with a foreign look, and she is forty-five and looks sixty and is twelve years out of Finland.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
  • It is undoubtedly true that a large portion of the lower-class Irish consider it no disgrace to beg from an American.

    The Charm of Ireland Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • The Mohammedans and lower-class Jews made a wild attack upon the protesting Christians in the courtyard of the church.

    When It Was Dark Guy Thorne
  • He was good-looking, but of a more serious cast of features than is common with the lower-class Irish.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • In the insurrection against Spain it allied itself with its lower-class brethren simply because Spain forced it to do so.

    A Woman's Impression of the Philippines Mary H. (Mary Helen) Fee
British Dictionary definitions for lower-class

lower class

the social stratum having the lowest position in the social hierarchy Compare middle class, upper class, working class
of or relating to the lower class
inferior or vulgar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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