Meaning of “middle class” in the English Dictionary

"middle class" in English

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middle classnoun [ S, + sing/pl verb ]

uk /ˌmɪd.əl ˈklɑːs/ us /ˌmɪd.əl ˈklæs/ also the middle classes
adjective uk /ˌmɪd.l̩ˈklɑːs/ us /-ˈklæs/


a middle-class suburb of New York

(Definition of “middle class” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"middle class" in American English

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middle classnoun [ U ]

us /ˈmɪd·əl ˈklæs/

social studies the people in a society who are not of high social rank or extremely rich but are not poor

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"the middle class" in Business English

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the middle classnoun [ S ]

uk us also the middle classes

ECONOMICS the social group that consists of well-educated people, such as doctors, lawyers, and teachers, who are neither very rich nor very poor:

lower/upper middle class The upper middle class tends to go into business or the professions.
adjective /ˌmɪdl̩ˈklɑːs/ /ˈmɪdlˈklæs/

Tax subsidies will be granted to help uninsured middle-class families.

(Definition of “the middle class” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)