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1In the Soviet Union and other communist countries: a privileged elite of Party bureaucrats. Compare "nomenklatura".
2A class of well-educated professionals, especially when politically liberal and considered to be in contention with the (conservative) business class for power and status.
Of, belonging to, or characteristic of any newly identified or emerging social or socio-economic class.
1950s. From new + class [adjective].
new class/ˈnjuː ˈklaːs//ˌnjuː ˈklas/
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