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"upper class" in British English

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upper classnoun [S, + sing/pl verb]

uk   us   (also the upper classes [plural])
C1 a ​socialgroup consisting of the ​people who have the ​highestsocialrank and who are usually ​rich: The ​upperclasses usually ​sendtheirchildren to ​expensiveprivateschools.
upper-class
adjective uk   /ˌʌp.əˈklɑːs/  us   /-ɚˈklæs/
C1 She comes from a very upper-class ​family.
(Definition of upper class from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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upper classnoun

 us   /ˌˈʌp·ər ˈklæs/
the ​group of ​people who have the ​highestposition and the most ​social and ​economicinfluence in a ​society
(Definition of upper class from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"upper class" in Business English

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upper classnoun [S]

uk   us   ECONOMICS
a ​socialgroup consisting of the ​people who have the ​highestsocialrank and who are usually ​rich: The upper ​classes usually ​send their children to ​private schools.
upper-class
adjective
She comes from a very upper-class family.
(Definition of upper class from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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