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English noun: stratum

1. stratum (location) one of several parallel layers of material arranged one on top of another (such as a layer of tissue or cells in an organism or a layer of sedimentary rock)


Broader (hypernym)layer


Narrower (hyponym)bed, bed, cambium, corium, corneum, cuticle, derma, dermis, epidermis, horizon, horny layer, malpighian layer, paries, rete Malpighii, seam, stratum basale, stratum corneum, stratum germinativum, stratum granulosum, stratum lucidum, substrate, substratum, superstrate, superstratum, wall


Domain categorybeing, organism

2. stratum (group) people having the same social, economic, or educational status


SamplesThe working class.
An emerging professional class.


Synonymsclass, social class, socio-economic class


Broader (hypernym)people


Narrower (hyponym)age class, agriculture, booboisie, bourgeoisie, brotherhood, caste, caste, center, commonality, commonalty, commons, craft, demimonde, domain, estate, estate of the realm, fair sex, firing line, fraternity, immigrant class, labor, labour, lower class, market, middle class, ninja, old school, peasantry, proletariat, sodality, the three estates, trade, underclass, underworld, upper class, upper crust, woman, womanhood, working class, world, yeomanry


Part meronymsociety


Member meronymclass structure

3. stratum (cognition) an abstract place usually conceived as having depth


SamplesA good actor communicates on several levels.
A simile has at least two layers of meaning.
The mind functions on many strata simultaneously.


Synonymslayer, level


Broader (hypernym)place









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