upper class
noun Date: 1814 a social class occupying a position above the middle class and having the highest status in a society

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  • upper class — upper classes also upper class N COUNT COLL: usu the N The upper class or the upper classes are the group of people in a society who own the most property and have the highest social status, and who may not need to work for money. ...goods… …   English dictionary

  • upper class — UK US noun [S] ECONOMICS ► a social group consisting of the people who have the highest social rank and who are usually rich: »The upper classes usually send their children to private schools. → Compare LOWER CLASS(Cf. ↑lower class), THE MIDDLE… …   Financial and business terms

  • upper-class — UK US noun [S] ECONOMICS ► a social group consisting of the people who have the highest social rank and who are usually rich: »The upper classes usually send their children to private schools. → Compare LOWER CLASS(Cf. ↑lower class), THE MIDDLE… …   Financial and business terms

  • upper class — n the upper class the group of people who belong to the highest social class >upper class adj ▪ upper class families …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • upper class — n. the social class above the middle class; rich, socially prominent, or aristocratic class upper class adj …   English World dictionary

  • upper class — ► NOUN (treated as sing. or pl. ) ▪ the social group with the highest status, especially the aristocracy. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to the upper class …   English terms dictionary

  • upper class — upper class, adj. a class of people above the middle class, having the highest social rank or standing based on wealth, family connections, and the like. [1830 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • upper class — index society Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Upper class — Is a concept in sociology that refers to the group of people at the top of a social hierarchy. Members of an upper class often have great power over the allocation of resources and governmental policy in their area. The phrase upper class has had …   Wikipedia

  • upper class — Conventionally the upper class is often thought of as equivalent to the ‘aristocracy’: that is, the (often hereditary) noble class, comprising peers (in medieval England the dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts, and barons) and landed magnates (or …   Dictionary of sociology

  • upper-class — adjective occupying the highest socioeconomic position in a society • Ant: ↑lower class, ↑middle class • Similar to: ↑quality, ↑propertied, ↑property owning, ↑u, ↑tweedy, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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