First Known Use of upper-class
Synonymsaristocratic, blue-blooded, genteel, gentle, grand, great, highborn, highbred, patrician, silk-stocking, upper-class, upper-crust, wellborn
Antonymsbaseborn, common, humble, ignoble, low, lower-class, lowly, mean, nonaristocratic, plebeian, ungenteel
Related Wordshigh, lofty, superior; elevated, ennobled, exalted; gentlemanly, kingly, knightly, ladylike, lordly, princely, queenly, regal, royal; high-level, senior
Near Antonymsinferior, knavish; bastard, illegitimate; ordinary, plain; abased, degraded; junior, subordinate
Definition of upper class
Examples of upper class in a Sentence
a popular pastime among the upper classes
a member of the upper class
Recent Examples of upper class from the Web
Whatever my parallel universe expectations, arriving at José Martí, the very same airport from which Cuba's middle and upper classes fled to Florida in the aftermath of the revolution, was in the end ordinary enough.
The series has aspects of an Upstairs, Downstairs drama, but being a member of the upper class or its servants can mean the difference between life and death.
Maybe the answer is not that all upper class cabins should be child-free.
The city of Luxor sits to the east of the Nile, and Egyptians from the ruling and upper classes were buried to the west as a sign of reverence.
The upper classes can signal their wealth in yet another way with fancier boxes with locks.
Tattoos were briefly fashionable with the British upper class during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
These include, freshmen welcome, freshmen Rose ceremony, Pride Bowl, upper class induction, Paws for Pride, college acceptances wall and walk of the roses.
His article was a brilliant and scathing indictment of a system that sent the sons of the working class off to fight its war while allowing the overwhelming majority of the sons of the middle and upper classes to avoid it.
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First Known Use of upper class
upper class Synonyms
Synonymselite, gentility, gentlefolk (also gentlefolks), gentry, nobility, patriciate, quality, aristocracy, upper crust
Related WordsA-list, beau monde, beautiful people, café society, Four Hundred (or 400), glitterati, haut monde (also haute monde), jet set, society; carriage trade, plutocracy
Near Antonymscommoners, (the) crowd, (the) masses, peasantry, peonage, (the) people, plebeians, plebs, (the) populace, (the) public, rank and file; bourgeoisie, middle class, working class; dregs, (the) herd, (the) mob, rabble, rabblement, riffraff, scum, trash
UPPER-CLASS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of upper class for English Language Learners
: a social class that is above the middle class : the highest social class
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