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 Intact skeletons of the creatures were buried alongside high-status people -- the upper crust of Bronze Age society -- at the burial complex of Umm el-Marra in northern Syria, suggesting the animals occupied a very special position. Katie Hunt, CNN, 14 Jan. 2022 As the writer of Gosford Park and creator of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes is pretty much the go-to person for series about intrigue and in-fighting amidst the upper crust of yesteryear. Keith Phipps, Rolling Stone, 27 Dec. 2021 Even the upper crust of British society needs to take a break from social media sometimes. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Nov. 2021 Like a true member of the upper crust, you’ll be given exclusive access to Kensington Palace and treated to private viewing of the Crown Jewels, a classic afternoon tea and a portrait shoot with a Royal family photographer. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 6 Oct. 2021 Britons were interested in her, however; indeed, at midcentury, the country’s upper crust competed with Hollywood in public fascination. New York Times, 16 Nov. 2021 The highly anticipated third season of Succession will continue to follow the Roy family—a dynasty of fictional media moguls who become embroiled in all sorts of upper crust business and personal drama. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 28 Sep. 2021 As such, all the typical superyacht features have been elevated for the upper crust. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 23 Aug. 2021 Simply put, that means more losses which is going to be hard for the upper crust to accept. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, 28 July 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'upper crust.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of upper crust

1836, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About upper crust

Time Traveler for upper crust

Time Traveler

The first known use of upper crust was in 1836

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near upper crust


upper crust


See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for upper crust

Last Updated

17 Jan 2022

Cite this Entry

“Upper crust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upper%20crust. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!