Meaning of middle class in English:

middle class

Pronunciation /mɪd(ə)l ˈklɑːs/

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treated as singular or plural
  • The social group between the upper and working classes, including professional and business people and their families.

    ‘the urbanization and expansion of the middle class’
    • ‘commerce brought ever-increasing wealth to the middle classes’
    • ‘I want the working class and the middle class and the upper class, and in Britain I've got it.’
    • ‘The working classes and middle classes are now at the mercies of the regional land market.’
    • ‘A great many collectors from the upper aristocracy or rich middle classes called on her skill.’
    • ‘It wasn't just the working and middle classes she failed to charm.’
    • ‘Distinctions can be drawn between the urban upper and urban middle classes.’
    • ‘Inflation destabilized the middle classes, the only social group on whom the Liberals could rely for support.’
    • ‘However, I don't think that means only the middle classes are interested in social justice issues.’
    • ‘The republic was built on the petty bourgeoisie and the middle classes.’
    • ‘In the eighteenth century the outlook of some groups in the upper and middle classes began to evolve in a new direction.’
    • ‘Marriage in the Western sense was more likely to occur among the upper and middle classes.’
    • ‘There was no large and mobile urban middle class with time and money to spend communing with nature in the national parks.’
    • ‘There was a rapidly growing urban middle class and signs of political openness from time to time.’
    • ‘They had been childhood sweethearts, both growing up in affluent middle class families in Lagos.’
    • ‘While a newly affluent middle class is growing, so are the ranks of the new poor.’
    • ‘There is less violence in the affluent middle class areas, where people are too busy getting on with their lives to re-fight old struggles.’
    • ‘In every single sphere of British influence, the upper echleons of power in 2013 are held overwhelmingly by the privately educated or the affluent middle class.’
    • ‘The war is an issue that the educated middle classes feel very profoundly about.’
    • ‘The defeat of Austria by Prussia brought home to Napoleon the need to reconcile all classes, especially the educated middle classes, to the regime.’
    • ‘The site is decidedly apolitical, and betrays no overt signs of the ongoing tension between the increasingly reformist, secular-leaning educated middle class, and the fundamentalist ruling elite.’
    • ‘Jobs are no longer guaranteed, even for the educated middle classes, and there is poverty right next to the opulent palaces of the rulers.’


  • 1Relating to the middle class.

    ‘a middle-class suburb’
    • ‘A middle-class boy from the suburbs would have picked up a camera at art school, but Jobson took two decades to find his metier.’
    • ‘Some comprehensives, particularly those in middle-class suburbs, succeed.’
    • ‘And he found a sedate, respectable, middle-class partner from the suburbs of London.’
    • ‘Five miles south of the chaos of Cairo is a quiet middle-class suburb called Maadi.’
    • ‘In some cities, new middle-class suburbs were linked to urban centers by large avenues.’
    • ‘Heck, we were just a pair of skinny, middle-class white guys from the suburbs.’
    • ‘Neighbours in the quiet, middle-class area expressed shock at what happened.’
    • ‘They typically target middle-class areas, where they know the residents will be likely to have good credit ratings.’
    • ‘Support workers also note many of the children are from middle-class families rather than deprived areas of the country.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, many middle-class customers also enjoy buying from the street vendors.’
    • ‘No middle-class parents I have ever met actually believe that their kid's school is one of the bad ones.’
    • ‘Being middle-class implies having enough money to spend on things beyond the basic necessities.’
    • ‘What you get is a huge subsidy for middle-class teenagers and a reduction in direct support for working-class ones.’
    • ‘They start from a famous name or from the cushioning confidence-booster of a solid middle-class education.’
    • ‘Until the 1970s anti-growth thinking was generally the preserve of a middle-class elite.’
    • ‘The focus is on a middle-class family, which is striving hard for survival.’
    • ‘It also shows that pupils from the lower end of the social scale are beginning to close the educational gap on middle-class pupils.’
    • ‘They argue that these benefits can make the sums even more compelling, especially for middle-class families.’
    • ‘They lived in a narrow street in the city, in a middle-class neighbourhood.’
    1. 1.1Characteristic of or associated with the middle class, especially in valuing convention, security, and material comfort.
      ‘a rebellion against middle-class values’
      • ‘It endorses mainstream and largely middle-class values and language.’
      • ‘Kate was middle-class and comfortable, and her father was a magazine editor.’
      • ‘It is less clear that Scotland is comfortable with becoming more middle-class.’
      • ‘There is this commonly shared middle-class fallacy that they have got the tradition.’
      • ‘Her passport out of middle-class conformity came through language.’
      • ‘If you want to put it another way: middle-class prejudices against ordinary people.’
      • ‘Personally, I found this book's exclusively middle-class viewpoint annoyingly narrow.’
      middle-class, property-owning, propertied, shopkeeping