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silk-stock·​ing ˈsilk-ˈstä-kiŋ How to pronounce silk-stocking (audio)
: aristocratic, wealthy
a silk-stocking district
a silk-stocking law firm
: fashionably dressed
a silk-stocking audience
: of or relating to the American Federalist party

silk stocking

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: an aristocratic or wealthy person
: a fashionably dressed person

Example Sentences

Noun made her reputation as an interior designer for the silk stockings of Nob Hill
Recent Examples on the Web
The garments hearken to past centuries when the lines between gender were not so fixed, when men wore ruffles and silk stockings and everyone wore wigs and powdered their hair. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2019 Early sales mostly cut into the market for cheaper rayon and cotton stockings, however, giving silk stocking makers time to make the transition. Virginia Postrel, Twin Cities, 1 Nov. 2019 In the 1920s, skirts rose to knee-length, and flappers rolled their silk stockings down to below the knee to flash a bit of skin. Julie Washington,, 17 Sep. 2019 Some women painted their legs to look like silk stockings. Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2019 Your little devil, Love, Frank RALPH: Feb. 8, 1942 Dear John, Why are the Japs like their silk stockings? Jessica Stahl, Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use


1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of silk-stocking was in 1798

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Cite this Entry

“Silk-stocking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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