middle class


middle class
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middle classes
1) N-COUNT-COLL: usu the N The middle class or middle classes are the people in a society who are not working class or upper class. Business people, managers, doctors, lawyers, and teachers are usually regarded as middle class.

...the expansion of the middle class in the late 19th century...

The President may have secured some support from the middle classes, despite the continued opposition she faces from the radical left.

ADJ
Middle class is also an adjective.

He is rapidly losing the support of blue-collar voters and of middle-class conservatives... All the best revolutionaries have been middle class.

2) ADJ-GRADED (disapproval) People sometimes describe attitudes as middle class when they think that they are typical of middle class people, for example because they are very conventional or attach too much importance to possessions.

...a very middle-class upbringing.

Syn:

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  • middle-class — middle class …   Dictionary of sociology

  • middle class — middle class, middle classes In many ways this is the least satisfactory term which attempts in one phrase to define a class sharing common work and market situations. The middle stratum of industrial societies has expanded so much in the last… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • Middle class — Middle Mid dle (m[i^]d d l), a. [OE. middel, AS. middel; akin to D. middel, OHG. muttil, G. mittel. [root]271. See {Mid}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. Equally distant from the extreme either of a number of things or of one thing; mean; medial; as, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • middle-class — adjective * belonging or relating to the middle class: a young poet from a middle class home a. middle class attitudes and behavior are conservative ones that people consider to be typical of the middle class: people with middle class tastes …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • middle-class — adj 1.) typical of people who are educated and work in professional jobs ▪ a middle class family ▪ They lived a comfortable middle class life. 2.) middle class attitudes and ideas are typical of middle class people and are often concerned with… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • middle-class — adj 1.) typical of people who are educated and work in professional jobs ▪ a middle class family ▪ They lived a comfortable middle class life. 2.) middle class attitudes and ideas are typical of middle class people and are often concerned with… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • middle class — n the social class that includes people who are educated and work in professional jobs, for example teachers or managers →↑lower class, upper class ↑upper class, working class ↑working class ▪ This led to the creation of a new, affluent middle… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • middle class — n the social class that includes people who are educated and work in professional jobs, for example teachers or managers →↑lower class, upper class ↑upper class, working class ↑working class ▪ This led to the creation of a new, affluent middle… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Middle Class — Datos generales Origen Santa Ana, California, USA Información artística Género(s) Punk rock, hardcore punk …   Wikipedia Español

  • middle-class — middle classness, n. /mid l klas , klahs /, adj. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the middle class; bourgeois: middle class taste; middle class morality. [1890 95] * * * …   Universalium


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