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People from an upper social class

the upper class

noun

people who have the highest social status: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

aristocracy

noun

the people in the highest class of society, who usually have money, land, and power and who often have special titles, such as ‘duke’ or ‘countess’: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

the nobility

noun

people in the highest social class who usually have titles, for example dukes, duchesses, or earls

gentility

noun

the people who belong to a high social class, thought of as a group

polite society

noun

used for talking about people of a high social class, usually suggesting that they pretend that things they consider to be unpleasant do not exist

the upper crust

noun

people who belong to the highest social class

gentry

noun

an old word for people from a high social class

Brahman

noun

a Hindu who belongs to the highest caste (=social class), in which men were traditionally priests

gentleman

noun

an old word for a man from a family in a high social class

gentlewoman

noun

an old word for a woman who was well educated or who was from a high social class

dark pool

a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

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the amount of money that a business makes or loses

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