upper class


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upper class

n.
The highest socioeconomic class in a society.

up′per-class′ adj.

upper class

n
(Sociology) the class occupying the highest position in the social hierarchy, esp the wealthy or the aristocracy
adj (upper-class when prenominal)
1. (Sociology) of or relating to the upper class
2. (Education) education US of or relating to the junior or senior classes of a college or high school

up′per class′


n.
a class above the middle class, characterized by wealth and social prestige.
[1830–40]
up′per-class′, adj.

upper class

The highest class in society, usually made up of the wealthy and those holding hereditary rank.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.upper class - the class occupying the highest position in the social hierarchyupper class - the class occupying the highest position in the social hierarchy
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
elite, elite group - a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status
gentry, aristocracy - the most powerful members of a society
people in power, ruling class - the class of people exerting power or authority

upper class

noun
1. aristocracy, nobility, gentry, peerage, ruling class, upper crust (informal), elite, haut monde (French) Many of the British upper classes are no longer very rich.
adjective
1. aristocratic, upper-class, noble, high-class, patrician, top-drawer, blue-blooded, highborn All of them came from wealthy, upper class families.

upper class

nounadjectiveupper-class
Of high birth or social position:
Informal: upper-crust.
Translations
الطَّبَقَة العُليا
aristokraciearistokratický
overklasse
felsõbb osztályok
yfirstétt
višji sloj
yukarı sınıfyüksek tabaka

upper

(ˈapə) adjective
higher in position, rank etc. the upper floors of the building; He has a scar on his upper lip.
noun
(usually in plural) the part of a shoe above the sole. There's a crack in the upper.
ˈuppermost adjective
highest. in the uppermost room of the castle.
adverb
in the highest place or position. Thoughts of him were upper-most in her mind.
upper class
(of) the highest rank of society; (of) the aristocracy. The upper classes can no longer afford to have many servants; He speaks with an upper-class accent.
get/have the upper hand (of/over someone)
to have or win an advantage over. Our team managed to get the upper hand in the end.
References in classic literature ?
"Yes," he replied; "I think if he isn't a man in society, he is, at least, a man belonging to the upper class. But that, again, is only an impression."
The world is full of masonic ties, of guilds, of secret and public legions of honor; that of scholars, for example; and that of gentlemen, fraternizing with the upper class of every country and every culture.
I have had no opportunity to find out any thing about the upper classes by my own observation, but from what I hear said about them I judge that what they lack in one or two of the bad traits the canaille have, they make up in one or two others that are worse.
In the house of the Working Man or respectable Tradesman -- where the wife is allowed to turn her back upon her husband, while pursuing her household avocations -- there are at least intervals of quiet, when the wife is neither seen nor heard, except for the humming sound of the continuous Peace-cry; but in the homes of the upper classes there is too often no peace.
"I don't advocate protection for the sake of private interests, but for the public weal, and for the lower and upper classes equally," he said, looking over his pince-nez at Oblonsky.
He wished the boys and girls of the two upper classes to compete; the award to be made to the writers of the two best essays.
'Guy of Warwick' and 'Bevis of Hampton,' which are among the best known but most tedious of all the list, belong, in their original form, to the upper classes.
All grocery stocks had been bought out by the upper classes. And perfect order reigned.
Such people have generally visited at the houses of the upper classes, where the domestic slaves are usually well treated, and they have not, like myself, lived amongst the lower classes.
He described his ambitions and ideals, and his conception of the paradise wherein lived the people of the upper classes. As he said:
It was at one of those entertainments where the upper classes entertain the lower.
Down below where he lived was the ignoble, and he wanted to purge himself of the ignoble that had soiled all his days, and to rise to that sublimated realm where dwelt the upper classes. All his childhood and youth had been troubled by a vague unrest; he had never known what he wanted, but he had wanted something that he had hunted vainly for until he met Ruth.

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