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.

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

upper-class
  • Relating to the group that has the highest status in society.

    ‘upper-class accents’
    • ‘The children interviewed came from middle to upper-class families.’
    • ‘We are in a country estate in upper-class rural England.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was generally thought that eating disorders struck upper-class white teens and young women.’
    • ‘He uses an upper-class accent and claims to come from a wealthy family.’
    • ‘Yet, it is affordable to many middle- and upper-class city dwellers.’
    • ‘Many people understand tango as a very elegant, upper-class music, but the truth is that its origins are rather dark and dirty.’
    • ‘Until recently, this was a rich, plummy, fruity, upper-class voice.’
    • ‘We in the upper-class society do not believe that we are more noble than others.’
    • ‘We moved to a quiet, upper-class neighbourhood in Maracas Valley, St Joseph, when I was ten.’
    • ‘He asked himself, loudly, in a relatively upper-class accent.’
    • ‘Ten blocks to the north is Bachman's, a large upper-class garden superstore.’
    • ‘Born into a musical upper-class family, he showed early promise as both composer and pianist.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There appears to be a growing percentage enjoying an upper class status in South Africa.’
    • ‘A wedding is taking place in the gardens of an affluent, upper-class household.’
    • ‘Born into an upper-class family with a feudal culture, Zohra frequently noticed unfair treatment around her.’
    • ‘Gere plays a successful but bored upper-class Manhattan executive.’
    • ‘Gentlemen's clubs upheld these traditions, but early competition was largely confined to an upper-class social elite.’
    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
    high-class, select, exclusive
    county, upmarket
    top-drawer, top-people's, huntin', shootin', and fishin', classy, posh, snobby
    gentle, of gentle birth
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Pronunciation:

upper class

/ˈəpər klas/