upper crust


: the highest social class or group
especially : the highest circle of the upper class
upper-crust 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 At luncheons at the swanky Hotel Astor in New York, attended by the city’s upper crust, experts debated topics like the Russian Revolution and Wilson’s Fourteen Points. Andrew Lanham, The New Republic, 5 Apr. 2023 Many members of Britain's upper crust are expected to be in attendance at King Charles III's coronation this weekend, and among them is Sarah Rose Hanbury, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley, who has come to be colloquially known as just Rose Hanbury. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 May 2023 Benno grew up among Manhattan's upper crust, attending St. Bernard’s School on the Upper East Side, then Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. Clay Risen, New York Times, 11 July 2023 To be sure, Carroll is a woman who moves in Manhattan’s upper crust. Rachel Tashjian, Washington Post, 9 May 2023 His most successful on-air persona, perfected on Fox after the departure of Bill O’Reilly, has been a volatile mixture of upper crust and salt of the earth. A.o. Scott, New York Times, 3 May 2023 That scarcity is why games with a moderate-to-full-strength roster against the league’s upper crust have carried a bit more weight, and why their victories in those matchups have been often described as rare breakthroughs in a difficult season. Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2023 Craig McNamara evidently developed an autonomous morality at a young age, no easy feat in the heart of the American upper crust’s inner sanctum: the intersection between Washington and big business. Noah Kulwin, The New Republic, 6 July 2022 In half an hour, the quiet restaurant will transform into a rollicking playground for Dallas’ upper crust, and those who try to keep up. Claire Ballor, Dallas News, 12 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

upper crust

: the highest social class or group
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