Definition of upper class in English:

upper class

noun

  • treated as singular or plural The social group that has the highest status in society, especially the aristocracy.

    ‘it is important that the children of the upper class attend the ‘right’ school’
    ‘foppish fashions that came and went in the upper classes’
    • ‘That is why more than a century ago, as leisure time expanded, the working class displaced the upper classes in British football.’
    • ‘Most of the girls there were upper middle class, if not upper class.’
    • ‘Roza's employers are not from the upper classes, but are working class people.’
    • ‘The problem is that the upper classes in this society over-consume more than anybody else.’
    • ‘Libertarians, of course, are primarily from the middle to upper classes of society.’
    • ‘Along with it, foreign cars have become a craze for upper class families and the middle class is following the trend.’
    • ‘Young people from middle and upper class families are far more likely to go to college than those in working class families.’
    • ‘The decorated pots are almost part and parcel of the houses of all middle and upper class women.’
    • ‘What it really has to do with is maintaining the dominance of the upper classes and enforcing social norms.’
    • ‘As the ranks of the country's middle and upper classes expand, so too is the Chinese passion for golf.’
    • ‘This action also coincided with an economic boom, which created a greater gap between the poor and the middle to upper classes.’
    • ‘Higher education is coveted by all, but only the middle and upper classes can afford to attend a university.’
    • ‘They need to get high-quality healthcare, which has all along been the privilege of the middle and upper classes.’
    • ‘Gandhi was born to the upper class of Indian society and had the privilege to study law in London.’
    • ‘In the upper middle and upper classes, child care often is delegated to a nanny.’
    • ‘The society is made up of the wealthy upper class, the middle class, and the working or lower class.’
    • ‘If it has become a tool for the upper class to maintain their status and power, how can we reach this goal?’
    • ‘Could you argue that the working and even upper classes have healthier cultures than the middle classes?’
    • ‘And isn't it true that in any society the working classes find it much harder to own their own home than the middle or upper classes?’
    • ‘There is much enthusiasm for recreational boating and water sports among the middle and upper class in India.’
    best, pick, cream, flower, nonpareil, elect
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adjective

  • Relating to or characteristic of the upper class.

    ‘upper-class accents’
    • ‘Born into a musical upper-class family, he showed early promise as both composer and pianist.’
    • ‘Until recently, this was a rich, plummy, fruity, upper-class voice.’
    • ‘We are in a country estate in upper-class rural England.’
    • ‘Gentlemen's clubs upheld these traditions, but early competition was largely confined to an upper-class social elite.’
    • ‘It was generally thought that eating disorders struck upper-class white teens and young women.’
    • ‘Yet, it is affordable to many middle- and upper-class city dwellers.’
    • ‘We have become in awe of Tiger Woods, who has given a new face to what was once an elite, upper-class white man's activity.’
    • ‘A wedding is taking place in the gardens of an affluent, upper-class household.’
    • ‘He asked himself, loudly, in a relatively upper-class accent.’
    • ‘We in the upper-class society do not believe that we are more noble than others.’
    • ‘Specific, or all, upper-class dorms could provide a gender-blind housing option.’
    • ‘Soon, the car pulled into the car park of the most upper-class, posh and wealthy sports club in the entire state.’
    • ‘Born into an upper-class family with a feudal culture, Zohra frequently noticed unfair treatment around her.’
    • ‘The children interviewed came from middle to upper-class families.’
    • ‘He uses an upper-class accent and claims to come from a wealthy family.’
    • ‘Gere plays a successful but bored upper-class Manhattan executive.’
    • ‘There appears to be a growing percentage enjoying an upper class status in South Africa.’
    • ‘Ten blocks to the north is Bachman's, a large upper-class garden superstore.’
    • ‘We moved to a quiet, upper-class neighbourhood in Maracas Valley, St Joseph, when I was ten.’
    • ‘Many people understand tango as a very elegant, upper-class music, but the truth is that its origins are rather dark and dirty.’
    aristocratic, noble, noble-born, of noble birth, patrician, titled, blue-blooded, high-born, well born, elite, upper-crust, landowning, landed, born with a silver spoon in one's mouth
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Pronunciation

upper class