chattering classes

N-PLURAL: usu the N (disapproval)
The chattering classes are people such as journalists, broadcasters, or public figures who comment on events but have little or no influence over them. [BRIT, JOURNALISM]

Radical feminism is currently the fashionable topic among the chattering classes.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Chattering Classes — (englisch, deutsch etwa „Klatschkreise“[1]) ist im angloamerikanischen Sprachraum ein anti intellektuelles, pejoratives politisches Schlagwort zur Bezeichnung von Angehörigen der gebildeten linksliberalen Mittelschicht. Dem Webster s New World… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • chattering classes — plural noun (derogatory) The section of society, usu the educated or well informed, who are in the habit of discussing and commenting on social, economic, political, etc issues • • • Main Entry: ↑chatter * * * noun the chattering classes Brit… …   Useful english dictionary

  • chattering classes — n. 〚? < living room political discussion groups in London in late 1980s〛 intellectuals, literary and media people, etc. as a group usually thought of as being liberal in discussing political and social issues * * * …   Universalium

  • chattering classes — n. [? < living room political discussion groups in London in late 1980s] intellectuals, literary and media people, etc. as a group usually thought of as being liberal in discussing political and social issues …   English World dictionary

  • Chattering classes — The chattering classes is a generally derogatory[1] term first coined by Auberon Waugh[2] often used by pundits and political commentators to refer to a politically active, socially concerned and highly educated section of the metropolitan middle …   Wikipedia

  • chattering classes — /ˈtʃætərɪŋ klasəz/ (say chatuhring klahsuhz) plural noun that section of society which is regarded as engaging in unproductive and ill informed debate about public issues: *the intellectual classes are often dismissed as the chattering classes… …   Australian English dictionary

  • chattering classes — noun educated people with liberal opinions and attitudes …   Wiktionary

  • (the) chattering classes — the chattering classes UK [ˈtʃætərɪŋ ˌklɑːsɪz] US [ˈtʃætərɪŋ ˌklɑsəz] noun [plural] british mainly journalism showing disapproval educated middle class people who like to express their opinions This word shows that you do not approve of people… …   Useful english dictionary

  • the chattering classes — derogatory educated people, esp. those in academic, artistic, or media circles * * * the chattering classes Brit disapproving : educated people who like to talk about politics, culture, society, etc. • • • Main Entry: ↑chattering classes …   Useful english dictionary

  • (the) chattering classes — British, humorous educated people who like to discuss and give their opinions about political and social matters. Football has recently become a trendy topic among the chattering classes …   New idioms dictionary

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