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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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

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The San Joaquin County physicians dominated the upper crust of the state’s 2018 payroll report for the second straight year, with three surgeons taking home more than $1 million in wages. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: California’s presidential hopefuls take the stage," 27 June 2019 This feels like a movie from another era, where finding Japanese Claritin in the back of a limo would surely be a sign that the person with a Japanese name but a firmly upper crust British accent was in on the crime. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "The True Crime In Netflix's Murder Mystery Is How Boring It Is," 15 June 2019 Nikola Vucevic, Terrence Ross After a successful season in which the Magic made tangible progress, the next step is figuring out a pathway into the East’s upper crust. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Biggest Needs for All 30 Teams in the 2019 NBA Draft," 6 June 2019 Franklin Roosevelt, scion of New York’s upper crust, opposed the colonialism that Churchill felt privileged to defend. Jonathan W. Jordan, WSJ, "‘The Kremlin Letters’ and ‘The Allies’ Review: The View From the Summit," 30 Nov. 2018 Usually reserved for the upper crust of beer drinkers, Amazon's lead-in to its epic Prime Day discount extravaganza is discounting this 64oz growler for just $135, down from $170. Popular Mechanics Shop Team, Popular Mechanics, "Drink in Style With These Discounted Growlers," 12 July 2018 Among the upper crust, such a thing would not have been comme il faut. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘Proust’s Duchess’ Review: The Guermantes Trio," 5 July 2018 And Republicans just passed another round of tax cuts to offer a helping hand to the upper crust. New York Times, "The Profound Social Cost of American Exceptionalism," 29 May 2018 While the upper crust among them may be well initiated, newbies from Hollywood could be attending their first royal affair. Scott Harrison, latimes.com, "Royal wedding: The invitation says 'day dress with hat.' Here are hats from other royal nuptials," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of upper crust

1836, in the meaning defined above

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