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

Example Sentences

an upmarket restaurant that is quite pricey but also quite good
Recent Examples on the Web In 2022 some auto manufacturers – mainly upmarket German ones - managed to exploit the difficulties posed by a lack of semiconductors. Neil Winton, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2023 At the same time, these elements are among the upmarket touches that catch the eyes of traditional buyers. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 9 Feb. 2023 But while young artists aren’t flocking to apprentice at their workshops and batik factories, Ms. Mohammed and Mr. Ranasinghe are grateful to a new generation of upmarket fashion designers who seem to be taking an interest in their craft. Zinara Rathnayake, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Feb. 2023 The parent company of Lacoste is on the hunt for acquisitions to expand its portfolio of brands after the upmarket French label reported record annual sales. Nick Kostov, WSJ, 12 Jan. 2023 Videos circulating on social media and geolocated by CNN appeared to show the vehicle, a black SUV, plowing through pedestrians on two separate crossings in the four-way intersection in a busy, upmarket commercial district of the city of 19 million. Simone Mccarthy, CNN, 11 Jan. 2023 Luxury Promise, Global Not only an expertly curated resale marketplace, Luxury Promise hosts livestream shopping auctions which are perfect for upmarket adrenaline junkies willing to bid on a rare Hermès Birkin. Vogue, 9 Jan. 2023 The viewfinder is also updated—the S5 II has a 0.78x EVF with 3.68 million dots, putting it on even footing with slightly upmarket competitors like the Sony a7 IV ($2,499). PCMAG, 4 Jan. 2023 Instead, EVs have gone further upmarket, with sales prices pushed higher and higher by a combination of supply shortages, massive batteries, and a frothy market of collectors fighting automotive FOMO. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 15 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of upmarket was in 1972

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“Upmarket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upmarket. Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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