upper crust


Definition of upper crust

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

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 But for another subset of the Russian upper crust, around a dozen bank owners living abroad, sanctions could end up freeing their homes and cars, and repairing their reputations. Patricia Kowsmann And Margot Patrick, WSJ, 12 June 2022 Chris Evans is as good as he's ever been as rebel leader Curtis, but Tilda Swinton steals the show as a toothy, grotesque spokesman for the upper crust. Randall Colburn, EW.com, 16 May 2022 There are damning revelations about the ways in which that upper crust reacted to his relentless campaign for Johannessen. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 May 2022 Early attempts at integration met with stiff resistance from Harvard leaders, who prized being a school for the white upper crust, including wealthy white sons of the South, the report recounted. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2022 The Chartists, a radical movement uniting middle-class reformers with the artisanal upper crust of the workers, threatened French-style revolution. Dominic Green, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 Probably the upper crust of England will appreciate them as patriotic ball gear. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 Mar. 2022 The evening's dress code was inspired by the Gilded Age, the 30-year period at the end of the 19th-century that saw skyrocketing wealth for industrialist families in the US and over-the-top fashion for New York City's upper crust. CNN, 2 May 2022 But luckily 2022 is packed with juicy subplots beyond the sport’s stale upper crust that should produce intrigue every week of the season. Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 3 Jul. 2022.

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