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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of snob appeal

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

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