upper crust

noun

: the highest social class or group
especially : the highest circle of the upper class
upper-crust adjective

Example Sentences

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 While the lord of the manor and the upper crust feasted on a delectable haunch of venison, the gamekeeper and other servants had to settle for edible viscera. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2022 Prosecutors alleged Sorokin falsified records and lied to banks, luxury hotels and upper crust Manhattanites, and stole a total of $275,000. CBS News, 8 Oct. 2022 What about the other 220 million voting-age Americans who are being asked to float the upper crust’s seminars on gender identity and social justice? Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, 25 Aug. 2022 An elegant slice of the upper crust, who allegedly owned a stake in Chateau Mouton Rothschild, the investor had promised to show me and my partner/boss, Marc Levin, a path to a profitable future. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Aug. 2022 At this point, the teaser introduces a parade of new acquaintances: edgy Nadia (Amy-Leigh Hickman), upper crust Kate (Charlotte Ritchie) and intellectual Rhys (Ed Speleers), who holds a copy of a book titled Good Man in a Cruel World. Joelle Goldstein, Peoplemag, 24 Sep. 2022 Dee and Charlie's improbable success in charming these scions of the Philly upper crust has the guys — and us — both baffled and anxiously awaiting an ugly twist. Dennis Perkins, EW.com, 3 Sep. 2022 Some historians consider the inn for the upper crust the apogee of Astor’s career. Lauren Mowery, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 While the follies of the upper crust have long been a spectator sport for the less privileged, at least the confounding extravagance of Carnegie et al. suggested an appreciation for and engagement with the world. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, 18 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of upper crust was in 1836

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“Upper crust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upper%20crust. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

upper crust

noun

: the highest social class or group
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