Definitions for upper class

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. upper class, upper crust(adj)

    the class occupying the highest position in the social hierarchy

  2. upper-class(adj)

    occupying the highest socioeconomic position in a society

Wiktionary

  1. upper class(Noun)

    those people at the top of a social hierarchy

  2. upper class(Noun)

    the aristocracy

Freebase

  1. Upper class

    The upper class in modern societies is the social class composed of the wealthiest members of society, who also wield the greatest political power. The upper class is generally contained within the wealthiest 1-2% of the population, and is distinguished by immense wealth which is passed on from generation to generation. The term is often used in conjunction with the terms "middle class" and "working class" as part of a tripartite model of social stratification.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Michael Lind:

    The Southern upper class never really cared what color the serfs were.

  2. Paul Fussell:

    If you are an author and give one of your books to a member of the upper class, you must never expect him to read it.

  3. John Peet:

    Defining consultancy is a bit like defining the upper class every possible candidate draws the line just below himself.

  4. Economist Brian Jackson:

    Many large malls (and residential construction) in China.... are all hoping to target one demographic -- the upper class, what is needed to succeed is retail space that caters to (the much larger) bulk of middle-class Chinese.

  5. Fawaz Gerges:

    It will be extremely difficult to glue Syria back together as one country, the social fabric, the thick ties that bind it together have been dismantled, assad rule is really an area that corresponds more or less with a core identity area, yes there are many Sunnis and Christians living there but they see themselves as part of this core – the middle-class, upper-class Sunnis and Christians.


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