One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A class of society or social grouping considered to have the highest social status; (in singular and plural, with the) the members of such a class. Compare "class", the higher orders.
Frequently with hyphen. Of, belonging to, or characteristic of the higher class.
Mid 18th century. From higher + class.
higher class/ˌhʌɪə ˈklas//ˌhʌɪə ˈklɑːs/
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