Definition of déclassé in English:


(also déclassée)


  • Having fallen in social status.

    ‘his parents were poor and déclassé’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Leave such déclassé parlance to the denizens of Dunkin Donuts.’
    • ‘Ruscha painted for years in a déclassé section of Hollywood but moved amiably among all the art scenettes in LA.’
    • ‘Hostesses were expected to know that iceberg lettuce was déclassé and tuna fish casseroles de trop.’
    • ‘Overt striving becomes just slightly déclassé.’
    • ‘To marry a Calvinist was déclassé and a flirtation with heresy if not anarchy.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Three cheers for Margo and Mungo, welcome by the way at déclassé Lismore dinner parties any time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is resented by his wife, who feels déclassé because of her husband's unambitious upward immobility, which includes his taking unchic banjo lessons.’
    • ‘The high gothic Viennetta-type desserts are a tad déclassé and something of an affront to the pared down chic of Ms Ireland.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Apparently, he thought ‘doggie bag’ was too déclassé for his restaurant.’


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