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Princeton's WordNet

  1. class, stratum, social class, socio-economic class(noun)

    people having the same social, economic, or educational status

    "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"

Wiktionary

  1. social class(Noun)

    A class of people, based on social power, wealth or another criterion.

Freebase

  1. Social class

    Social class, as in a class society, is a set of concepts in the social sciences and political theory centered on models of social stratification in which people are grouped into a set of hierarchical social categories, the most common being the upper, middle, and lower classes. Class is an essential object of analysis for sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists, and social historians. However, there is not a consensus on the best definition of the term "class", and the term has different contextual meanings. In common parlance, the term "social class," is usually synonymous with "socio-economic class," defined as: "people having the same social, economic, or educational status," e.g., "the working class"; "an emerging professional class." The term "class" is etymologically derived from the Latin classis, which was used by census takers to categorize citizens by wealth, in order to determine military service obligations. In the late 18th century, the term "class" began to replace classifications such as estates, rank, and orders as the primary means of organizing society into hierarchical divisions. This corresponded to a general decrease in significance ascribed to hereditary characteristics, and increase in the significance of wealth and income as indicators of position in the social hierarchy.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Social Class

    A stratum of people with similar position and prestige; includes social stratification. Social class is measured by criteria such as education, occupation, and income.

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