Definition of underclass noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈʌndəklɑːs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʌndərklæs//
[singular] Poverty and famine
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a social class that is very poor and has no status The long-term unemployed are becoming a new underclass. See related entries: Poverty and famine
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: underclass