silk-stock·​ing | \ ˈsilk-ˈstä-kiŋ \

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

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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


made her reputation as an interior designer for the silk stockings of Nob Hill

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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


1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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