Definition of déclassé in English:


(also déclassée)


  • Having fallen in social status.

    ‘his parents were poor and déclassé’
    • ‘And any social stigma once associated with home-swapping as a déclassé activity has long since vanished.’
    • ‘Charlie didn't belong to this era, when public nudity, group sex and being able to ingest more drugs than an elephant are all fine - admired, even - but being drunk is considered déclassé.’
    • ‘Her mouth turns down slightly as she says this, sotto voce - women like her don't whisper, such a déclassé high school thing to do - over the sweet peas.’
    • ‘Overt striving becomes just slightly déclassé.’
    • ‘Once the health risks are dramatically reduced or eliminated, will daily consumption of nicotine still be viewed as shameful and déclassé, as a disease to be treated or a problem to be overcome?’
    • ‘He is resented by his wife, who feels déclassé because of her husband's unambitious upward immobility, which includes his taking unchic banjo lessons.’
    • ‘To marry a Calvinist was déclassé and a flirtation with heresy if not anarchy.’
    • ‘Ruscha painted for years in a déclassé section of Hollywood but moved amiably among all the art scenettes in LA.’
    • ‘As if to refute the idea, he indulged in a bit of casual French himself: ‘Liberal elites associate conservatism with things déclassé,’ the staffer said.’
    • ‘Actually, the term ‘spying’ is too déclassé for the pin-striped corporate crowd.’
    • ‘Maybe I overheard a snide classmate making a joke about the déclassé audience, a comment that clashed with my resurfacing sense of kinship.’
    • ‘One doesn't expect life lessons from a show so déclassé that the WB ditched it, but The Surreal Life still has plenty to teach of us.’
    • ‘Three cheers for Margo and Mungo, welcome by the way at déclassé Lismore dinner parties any time.’
    • ‘Hostesses were expected to know that iceberg lettuce was déclassé and tuna fish casseroles de trop.’
    • ‘It's going to the building of new community centers that'll dispense not so much the food and shelter thing (how déclassé!) but advice on how to sustain a marriage, how to enjoy family life, and how to build character and cultivate spirit.’
    • ‘Apparently, he thought ‘doggie bag’ was too déclassé for his restaurant.’
    • ‘Benjamin's concern was that while the voice of the déclassé masses, the everyday voice of the ordinary people had been made into literature, the voice was compromised.’
    • ‘Leave such déclassé parlance to the denizens of Dunkin Donuts.’
    • ‘The high gothic Viennetta-type desserts are a tad déclassé and something of an affront to the pared down chic of Ms Ireland.’
    • ‘There's even a hierarchy of diet-trendiness: the Atkins is no longer considered chic, having become déclassé in the way that ubiquitous things always do, whether they're hair extensions, French manicures or ways to lose weight.’


Late 19th century: French, ‘removed from one's class, degraded’, past participle of déclasser.