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English definition of “the ruling class”

the ruling class

noun [S]     (also ruling classes [plural])
the most powerful people in a countryClass and class-consciousness in generalWealthiness and wealthyPoverty and poor
(Definition of the ruling class noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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