silk-stocking

adjective
silk-stock·​ing | \ ˈsilk-ˈstä-kiŋ How to pronounce silk-stocking (audio) \

Definition of silk-stocking

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : aristocratic, wealthy a silk-stocking district a silk-stocking law firm
2 : fashionably dressed a silk-stocking audience
3 : of or relating to the American Federalist party

silk stocking

noun

Definition of silk stocking (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an aristocratic or wealthy person
2 : a fashionably dressed person

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Examples of silk-stocking in a Sentence

Noun made her reputation as an interior designer for the silk stockings of Nob Hill
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Evaluating the environment — and ourselves — at the Comme des Garçons and Noir by Kei Ninomiya shows," 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, "Virginia Postrel: The iPhone of 1939 helped liberate Europe. And women.," 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, cleveland.com, "Fashions of 1920s shimmer and shine in ‘Downton Abbey’ the movie," 17 Sep. 2019 Some women painted their legs to look like silk stockings. Washington Post, "Invisible army set stage for liberation of Paris from Nazis," 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, "‘Letters From War’: 1942 – The start (full transcript)," 3 Jan. 2018 Your little devil, Love, Frank RALPH: Feb. 8, 1942 Dear John, Why are the Japs like their silk stockings? Jessica Stahl, Washington Post, "‘Letters From War’: 1942 – The start (full transcript)," 3 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of silk-stocking

Adjective

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of silk-stocking was in 1798

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“Silk-stocking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silk-stocking. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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