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 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 His descendants, with land worth millions, are still part of Mobile society’s upper crust. Washington Post, "America’s last slave ship could offer a case for reparations," 5 Oct. 2019 Although such balls evolved into elaborate élitist rites, they were not limited to the white upper crust. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 19 Nov. 2019 Then only 13 years old, Mozart was already known for his prodigious talent, having regaled the upper crust with performances around Europe. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Rare Portrait of Teenage Mozart Heads to Auction," 15 Nov. 2019 La Belle Epoque Classic Cruise on Barge Lady Cruises Offered by Barge Lady Cruises, the seven-day La Belle Epoque 12-passenger barge sail on France’s Canal de Bourgogne provides two golden opportunities to mingle with the upper crust. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cruise Like a Royal: 5 Itineraries Where You Can Visit Castles and Hang Out With Nobility," 17 Sep. 2019 Something that felt totally outside the realm of possibility — at least prior to kickoff Saturday morning — finally happened to disrupt the slow, predictable march of the sport’s upper crust back to the College Football Playoff. Los Angeles Times, "College spotlight: Best week of the season, as one presumed playoff team is erased," 12 Oct. 2019 Per National Geographic, Laumonier’s team found that the rocks in the upper crust below Ciomadul are, on average, 15 percent molten. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Magma Lurks Below This ‘Extinct’ Volcano in Romania," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of upper crust

1836, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jan 2020

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“Upper crust.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upper%20crust. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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