snob appeal


Definition of snob appeal

: qualities in a product that appeal to the snobbery in a purchaser

Examples of snob appeal in a Sentence

Expensive cars have snob appeal. old foreign films with snob appeal
Recent Examples on the Web The utilitarian Beaver also has a certain snob appeal. Lionel Atwill, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: One Tough Plane," 24 Dec. 2020 If your priorities are snob appeal and playing one-upmanship down at the polo club, the price should be an attribute, not an obstacle. Tony Assenza, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1987 Range Rover Makes Luxury and SUV Compatible," 30 June 2020 Notably, the study's authors estimated the book value on all 461 cars, so the 2004 Mercedes S-class that's worth $5000 didn't get ascribed automatic snob appeal. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "New Study Says Expensive Cars Are Bought by Jerks Who Won't Yield," 28 Feb. 2020 Michel Roux, a Frenchman who got his start in the hotel industry and once worked as a dishwasher, pulled off the remarkable feat of endowing vodka with snob appeal. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Michel Roux Gave Snob Appeal to Vodka With Ever-Changing Absolut Ads," 17 May 2019 Dior’s clog offering has snob appeal and the shoes are deceptively streamlined, despite their clunk. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "A Search for the Perfect Fall Clog, the Bookworm’s Fashion Shoe," 17 Oct. 2018 Some is for having a place to hang out if the weather gets ugly and maybe a bit is snob appeal, although, mercifully, there is no physical barrier separating club seats and non-club seats so often found in other ballparks. Phil Rosenthal,, "Cubs' 1914 Club at Wrigley Field is a windowless hideaway at new-car prices," 11 Apr. 2018 However, since the company’s acquisition by Amazon last year, Whole Foods’ lurking snob appeal no longer seems all that exclusive. Tom Carson, Los Angeles Magazine, "From Aldi to Vons, How Grocery Stores Are Our Connection to L.A.—and Ourselves," 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of snob appeal

1933, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2021

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“Snob appeal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of snob appeal

disapproving : a quality that makes something attractive to people who are snobs

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