upper crust

noun

Definition of upper crust

: the highest social class or group especially : the highest circle of the upper class

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upper-crust \ ˈə-​pər-​ˈkrəst How to pronounce upper-crust (audio) \ adjective

Examples of upper crust in a Sentence

the conference was a gathering of the upper crust of the computer programming industry a specialty clothing store for the upper crust
Recent Examples on the Web If 2019 was the year that made spiritual enlightenment the new status symbol, then 2020 is the year that the nutritional health coach becomes the new guru for the upper crust—and the ultimate luxury. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Why A Health Coach Is 2020's Spiritual Guru," 14 Jan. 2020 Williams gives a winningly energetic performance as Charlotte, while James (who is a Hugo Boss cologne model) smolders adequately as the only 19th-century upper crust gentleman sporting a constant four-day stubble. Washington Post, "Jane Austen never finished ‘Sanditon,’ so PBS is happy to fluff it up and draw it out," 10 Jan. 2020 To the south of the island, and south of the major 6.4 earthquake, the Caribbean plate upper crust subducts beneath Puerto Rico at the Muertos Trough. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "950 earthquakes have hit Puerto Rico so far this year. Why? Blame it on an 'earthquake swarm'," 10 Jan. 2020 Studio bosses employed her to hold screenings for taste-makers among the upper crust of Manhattan and Hamptons society. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "Tarnished by Epstein Scandal, Power Publicist Peggy Siegal Attempts a Hollywood Comeback," 6 Nov. 2019 The first commander of the U.S. Navy was a man named Esek Hopkins, whose family belonged to the upper crust of Rhode Island. Dan Zak, Washington Post, "Whistleblowers walk among us. Now one has gotten in Trump’s head.," 27 Oct. 2019 His descendants, with land worth millions, are still part of Mobile society’s upper crust. NBC News, "America's last slave ship could offer a case for reparations," 9 Oct. 2019 Yet just as Shoplifters conceded that its low-class antiheroes were actually horrible people, Parasite is fairly kind to the upper crust, portraying the rich as sweet if slightly daft people. Kyle Smith, National Review, "An Intriguing Class-War Comedy," 3 Oct. 2019 His descendants, with land worth millions, are still part of Mobile society’s upper crust. NBC News, "America's last slave ship could offer a case for reparations," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of upper crust

1836, in the meaning defined above

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20 Feb 2020

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“Upper crust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upper%20crust. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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