What does social class mean?

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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"


  1. social class(Noun)

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


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of social class in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of social class in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Emeasoba George:

    Anyone who is into his/her destiny can't/won't sit below the salt. i.e. he/she will hardly be of low social class. Yes, because a destiny discovered/fulfilled is bound to make a remarkable difference.

  2. Angela Carter:

    We do not go to bed in single pairs; even if we choose not to refer to them, we still drag there with us the cultural impedimenta of our social class, our parents lives, our bank balances, our sexual and emotional expectations, our whole biographies -- all the bits and pieces of our unique existences.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    Anyone who is into his or her destiny cannot and will not sit below the salt i.e. he or she would hardly be of low social class. Yes! because every destiny discovered and fulfilled is bound to make a remarkable difference. Thus, do discover and fulfill your God-given destiny (even against all odds). ~Emeasoba George

  4. Lauren Davenport:

    Assessing the labeling decisions of biracials allows us to better understand how social class, gender and religion inform personal understandings of race in the United States, these findings show that for the growing mixed-race population, racial labeling choices are intimately linked to social group attachments, identities and income.

  5. Dante Scala:

    They were pretty sure based on demographics -- based on education, on social class -- they knew what areas to hit. The question will be for Sanders, on primary night, if it's a close battle, can he do the same thing, and will he know where his votes are coming from? one out of four Democratic primary voters has actually made up their mind, and so the question is, how do you start to try and anchor some of that enthusiasm and make sure to cement that?

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