Silk-stocking
Silk-stocking Silk"-stock`ing, a. Wearing silk stockings (which among men were formerly worn chiefly by the luxurious or aristocratic); hence, elegantly dressed; aristocratic; luxurious; -- chiefly applied to men, often by way of reproach.

[They] will find their levees crowded with silk-stocking gentry, but no yeomanry; an army of officers without soldiers. --Jefferson. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


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  • silk-stocking — /silk stok ing/, adj. 1. rich or luxurious in dress. 2. aristocratic or wealthy: a silk stocking neighborhood. n. 3. a person who dresses richly or luxuriously. 4. an aristocratic or wealthy person. [1590 1600] * * * …   Universalium

  • silk-stocking — silk′ stock′ing adj. 1) aristocratic or wealthy: a silk stocking district[/ex] 2) rich or luxurious in dress 3) an aristocratic or wealthy person 4) a person who dresses richly or luxuriously • Etymology: 1790–1800, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • silk-stocking — [silk′stäk′iŋ] adj. 1. fashionably or richly dressed; elegant 2. wealthy, aristocratic, or upper class n. ☆ a member of the wealthy or aristocratic class …   English World dictionary

  • silk-stocking — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ adjective Etymology: silk (II) + stocking 1. : elegantly or richly dressed : luxurious a silk stocking audience 2. : aristocratic, exclus …   Useful english dictionary

  • silk-stocking — adjective Date: 1798 1. aristocratic, wealthy < a silk stocking district > < a silk stocking law firm > 2. fashionably dressed < a silk stocking audience > 3. of or relating to the American Federalist party …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • silk stocking — noun women s stockings made from a sheer material (nylon or rayon or silk) • Syn: ↑nylons, ↑nylon stocking, ↑rayons, ↑rayon stocking • Hypernyms: ↑stocking …   Useful english dictionary

  • silk stocking — type of socks that are made of silk …   English contemporary dictionary

  • silk stocking — noun Date: 1836 1. an aristocratic or wealthy person 2. a fashionably dressed person 3. federalist 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • silk stocking — Synonyms and related words: Brahman, archduke, aristocrat, armiger, baron, baronet, blue blood, cafe society, count, daimio, duke, earl, elite, esquire, gentleman, grand duke, grandee, hidalgo, high society, in society, jet set, lace curtain,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • silk-stocking — adjective N. Amer. affluent or aristocratic …   English new terms dictionary

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