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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The socioeconomic class between the working class and the upper class, usually including professionals, highly skilled laborers, and lower and middle management.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A social and economic class lying above the working class and below the upper class.
  • n. The groups in society composed of professionals, semi-professionals, and lower-to-middle managerial level workers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. in England, people who have an intermediate position between the aristocracy and the artisan class. It includes professional men, bankers, merchants, and small landed proprietors.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or included in the middle class. See middle class, under middle, a.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. occupying a socioeconomic position intermediate between those of the lower classes and the wealthy
  • n. the social class between the lower and upper classes

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