up·​mar·​ket | \ˈəp-ˈmär-kət \

Definition of upmarket 

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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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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 The interior gets an equally upmarket look, benefiting chiefly from an available 15.0-inch infotainment display and an attendant 12.0-inch digital gauge cluster seemingly borrowed from Audi. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Volkswagen SUV with Unpronounceable Name Pronounced New for Europe, China," 23 Mar. 2018 ReaganRepub2 Can the rich and powerful keep the club out of their upmarket neighborhood? BostonGlobe.com, "Globe South Commentary," 4 May 2018 Yet in recent years provincial administrations have granted more permits to individuals and upmarket hotels to indulge. The Economist, "Pakistan’s Murree Brewery shrugs off restrictions on its products," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of upmarket

1972, in the meaning defined above

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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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