lower class
noun Date: 1637 a social class occupying a position below the middle class and having the lowest status in a society

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  • lower class — lower classes also lower class N COUNT COLL: usu pl Some people use the lower class or the lower classes to refer to the division of society that they consider to have the lowest social status. Education now offers the lower classes access to job …   English dictionary

  • lower class — UK US adjective ► POLITICS, ECONOMICS belonging or relating to a social group who are poor and usually do not have a very high level of education: »He claims his flat tax proposal would help middle class and lower class Americans. »She described… …   Financial and business terms

  • lower-class — UK US adjective ► POLITICS, ECONOMICS belonging or relating to a social group who are poor and usually do not have a very high level of education: »He claims his flat tax proposal would help middle class and lower class Americans. »She described… …   Financial and business terms

  • lower class — n also lower classes [plural] old fashioned the social class that has less money, power, or education than anyone else. This is now considered offensive →↑working class, middle class ↑middle class, upper class ↑upper class >lower class adj …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lower-class — adj. same as {low class}. Contrasted with {middle class} and {upper class}. Syn: low class. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lower class — noun people who have the lowest social status ─ compare MIDDLE CLASS, UPPER CLASS, WORKING CLASS …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • lower class — n. the social class below the middle class; working class, or proletariat …   English World dictionary

  • lower class — ► NOUN ▪ the working class …   English terms dictionary

  • lower-class — adjective occupying the lowest socioeconomic position in a society (Freq. 2) • Syn: ↑low class • Ant: ↑middle class, ↑upper class • Similar to: ↑non U, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • lower class — noun the social class lowest in the social hierarchy (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑underclass • Hypernyms: ↑class, ↑stratum, ↑social class, ↑socio economic class * * * noun, pl ⋯ classes [count] …   Useful english dictionary

  • ˌlower ˈclass — noun the lower class or the lower classes people who have the lowest social status • See: middle class, upper class, working class …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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