Definitions

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.

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

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Examples

  • It'll be the beginning of a long-term rescue plan for our middle class - a plan that will put opportunity within reach for anyone who's willing to fight for it.

    Remarks of Senator Barack Obama (Abington, PA)

  • As Saudi political scientist Turki Hamad has said: “The problem in Saudi Arabia is that the middle class is shrinking…and the more poverty you have, the more fundamentalism you have.”

    The J Curve

  • The educated children of the middle class demanded more than seats at the opera and concerts in the Ezbekiyyeh Gardens.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • Back in the 1950's, Americans were put to work building the Interstate Highway system and that helped expand the middle class in this country.

    Remarks for Senator Barack Obama: Alliance for American Manufacturing

  • Now, back in the 1950's, Americans were put to work building the Interstate Highway system and that helped expand the middle class in this country.

    Remarks of Senator Barack Obama: Gary, Indiana

  • Just as black anger often proved counterproductive, so have these white resentments distracted attention from the real culprits of the middle class squeeze - a corporate culture rife with inside dealing, questionable accounting practices, and short-term greed; a Washington dominated by lobbyists and special interests; economic policies that favor the few over the many.

    Remarks of Senator Barack Obama: 'A More Perfect Union'

  • In the same vein, “Cassandra” warned of “an aristocratical junto” that was “straining every nerve to frustrate our virtuous endeavors and to make the common and middle class of people their beasts of burden.”

    Robert Morris

  • The once-comfortable middle class is now trapped between high inflation and stagnant wage growth.

    The J Curve

  • It'll be the beginning of a long-term rescue plan for our middle class - a plan that will create millions of new jobs; help families keep up with rising costs; relieve the burden of crushing health care costs; and educate the next generation of Americans with the skills and knowledge to compete with any workers, anywhere in the world.

    Remarks of Senator Barack Obama (Grand Rapids, MI)

  • Mandal Commission in middle class in missile program in

    The J Curve

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