Mittelstand

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Etymology[edit]

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

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  • IPA(key): /ˈmɪtl̩ˌʃtant/
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Noun[edit]

Mittelstand m (genitive Mittelstandes or Mittelstands, plural Mittelstände)

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

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