Mittelstand

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Germanic: mittel- 'middle, central' + Stand 'stand(ing), position, estate'; perfectly parallel to cognate Dutch middenstand

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Mittelstand m (genitive Mittelstands, plural Mittelstände)

  1. (literally) The middle class, wealthy ('bourgeois') section of the third estate
  2. The independent professionals, private initiative, notably tradesmen, entrepreneurs etc.

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