lower class for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD also lower-class
Word forms: lower classes
countable noun [with sing or pl verb, usu pl]
Some people use thelower class or thelower classes to refer to the division of society that they consider to have the lowest social status. ⇒ Education now offers the lower classes access to job opportunities. ⇒ The black middle class must now reach out with more empathy and concern to the lower class.
Lower class is also an adjective. ⇒ ...lower-class families. ⇒ Horse-racing was once considered vulgar and lower class in Japan.