Etymology
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middle class (n.)

1766, in a British sense, "class of people socially intermediate between the aristocratic and the laboring classes, the community of untitled but well-bred or wealthy people," from middle (adj.) + class (n.). As an adjective, "pertaining to the middle class," by 1857, with reference to education. Nares reports menalty as an early word for "the middle class" (1540s).

updated on January 21, 2019

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Definitions of middle class from WordNet

middle class (n.)
the social class between the lower and upper classes;
Synonyms: bourgeoisie
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