underclass Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “underclass” in the English Dictionary

"underclass" in British English

See all translations

underclassnoun [C usually singular]

uk   /ˈʌn.də.klɑːs/  us   /-dɚ.klæs/
a ​group of ​people with a ​lowersocial and ​economicposition than any of the other ​classes of ​society: The ​long-termunemployed now ​constitute a ​kind of underclass.
(Definition of underclass from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"underclass" in American English

See all translations

underclassnoun [C]

 us   /ˈʌn·dərˌklæs/
the ​lowesteconomic and ​socialclass in ​society, consisting of ​people who are ​considered to have few ​opportunities to ​improve themselves
(Definition of underclass from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"underclass" in Business English

See all translations

underclassnoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   /ˈʌndəˌklɑːs/ ECONOMICS
the ​poorestpeople in a ​society, especially when discussing their ​lack of ​opportunities to ​findwork: Letting ​guestworkers into America doesn't ​create an underclass. The ​nationneeds to ​reduce the vast ​gap between the ​wealthy and a ​jobless underclass.
(Definition of underclass from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “underclass”
in Chinese (Simplified) 下层社会, 下层阶级, 贫困阶层…
in Chinese (Traditional) 下層社會, 下層階級, 貧困階層…
What is the pronunciation of underclass?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

harvest

to pick and collect crops, or to collect plants, animals, or fish to eat

Word of the Day

In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
by Liz Walter,
September 02, 2015
Several readers have asked for information on prepositions, so I will start with a blog post that looks at an area where they are really important: travel. The first thing to remember is that we use to (and not ‘in’) after the verb go: We are going to London. I went to

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More