snob·​bery ˈsnä-b(ə-)rē How to pronounce snobbery (audio)
plural snobberies
: snobbish conduct or character : snobbishness
: an instance of snobbery

Examples of snobbery in a Sentence

the snobbery of some wine connoisseurs
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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of snobbery was in 1843

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“Snobbery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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snob·​bery ˈsnäb-(ə-)rē How to pronounce snobbery (audio)
: snobbish conduct
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