upper crust


Definition of upper crust

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

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Other Words from upper crust

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 Despite Mars’ impressive volcanic architecture, a lot of its magma seems to be injected into the upper crust and simply stuck there, sometimes creating enormous volcanic protuberances. Quanta Magazine, "Rumbles on Mars Raise Hopes of Underground Magma Flows," 1 Feb. 2021 The series is a visual riot, complete with period costumes and sumptuous sets (from upper crust drawing rooms to tawdry nightclubs) and is written with a delicious mix of action and wit to keep things exciting but never procedural. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Move Over, Sherlock! Miss Scarlet and the Duke Star Kate Phillips on TV's Greatest New Detective," 18 Jan. 2021 Fitzhugh grew up in Mississippi, the daughter of a wealthy and intensely controlling member of the upper crust, and a beautiful but impoverished young dancer who lost custody of her daughter in an ugly, very public divorce. Star Tribune, "Review: 'Sometimes You Have to Lie,' by Leslie Brody.," 4 Dec. 2020 Some things are changing in the upper crust, even if just a little and mainly for the worst offenders. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Ivanka in Exile," 10 Nov. 2020 The 6,500-word story, which also appeared in the Atlantic’s November print issue, was widely shared and quoted on social media for its damning and gossipy look at the status obsessions of the economic upper crust. Washington Post, "The Atlantic gave Ruth Shalit a ‘second chance’ 25 years after a journalism scandal. It ended with an ugly correction.," 31 Oct. 2020 So, in this land of upper crust specialty foods, get thee to Rancho Gordo (1924 Yajome St., Napa). Chris Macias, SFChronicle.com, "A full day wine tasting in Napa for less than $20 — it’s possible," 24 July 2018 The way the Bulldogs dominated the second half shows the steps UT still needs to take before joining the SEC’s upper crust. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Ranking the SEC teams after Week 6 of the college football season," 11 Oct. 2020 What, exactly, has given these members of the upper crust the vapors? J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "Some Rich People Are Hilariously Freaked Out About a Biden Presidency," 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of upper crust

1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Upper crust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upper%20crust. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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