up·​mar·​ket | \ ˈəp-ˈmär-kət How to pronounce upmarket (audio) \

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upmarket adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for upmarket


exclusive, high-end, upscale


dime-store, discount, down-market, downscale, low-end

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Examples of upmarket in a Sentence

an upmarket restaurant that is quite pricey but also quite good

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And for the more upmarket customer, Volvo is preparing another spinoff brand, Polestar, and its Polestar 1 will look to establish itself as a high-performance electric vehicle worthy of our attention. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "The future of electric car design has yet to be written," 5 Oct. 2018 Sales growth was particularly strong for the group’s upmarket Tumi and midmarket American Tourister brands. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "Unpacking Samsonite Has Led to the Right Result," 30 Aug. 2018 There are some surprises—economy brand Kia has higher upkeep costs than many more upmarket brands. Jake Swearingen, Popular Mechanics, "These Are the Most Expensive Car Brands to Maintain," 11 June 2016 The upmarket tester boasted a lovely interior loaded to the gunwales with standard gear. Al Haas, Philly.com, "Refreshed for 2019, Buick Envision is roomy, comfortable, and quiet," 12 July 2018 Cobblestone Grill The downtown Zionsville neighborhood spot has an upmarket edge thanks to contemporary dishes such as duck tacos with goat cheese and blackberry corn salsa. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Every restaurant you'll try at IndyStar Wine & Food Experience," 25 June 2018 The incident took place near a shopping centre called Casa Costanera in an upmarket suburb of the Chilean capital Santiago, Vitacura. SI.com, "Manuel Pellegrini & Wife Recovering After Being Held at Gunpoint in Chile During Mugging," 4 June 2018 It is well known among festival attendees that escorts ply their trade in the lobbies of Cannes’ upmarket hotels. Farah Nayeri, New York Times, "Cannes, Where Weinstein Reigned, Reckons With #MeToo Fallout," 15 May 2018 The companies plan to keep both the Sainsbury and Asda brands, which serve different customers, the former being more upmarket. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Walmart to Sell British Unit Asda to U.K. Rival Sainsbury," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of upmarket

1972, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of upmarket was in 1972

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English Language Learners Definition of upmarket

: made for or appealing to people who have a lot of money

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