Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. People of rank and fashion; the class of swells, collectively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. People of rank and fashion; the class of swells, collectively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Swells collectively; the fashionable world.

Etymologies

swell +‎ -dom (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Europe and all the leaders of European swelldom, the more prosperous of the demi-mondaines and no end of the merely rich of every land, congregate there and thereabouts.

    "Marse Henry" : an autobiography,

  • Father was admitted into swelldom merely by right of his position.

    My Brilliant Career

  • The Bossiers and Beechams were leaders of swelldom among the squattocracy up the country, and firm and intimate friends.

    My Brilliant Career

  • West End swelldom, the type of a class Saxham abhorred.

    The Dop Doctor

  • Flinder's Lane and incoming ships, walked beside their pretty daughters; and the representatives of swelldom were stalking along in their customary apparel of curly brimmed hats, high collars, and immaculate suits.

    The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

  • In spite of lack of humor and a thousand other defects which ought to make English swelldom antagonistic to our countrymen, the fact remains that “smart” London tempts a certain number of Americans and has become a promised land, toward which they turn longing eyes.

    The Ways of Men

  • Half the ruling sovereigns of Europe and all the leaders of European swelldom, the more prosperous of the demi-mondaines and no end of the merely rich of every land, congregate there and thereabouts.

    Marse Henry, Complete An Autobiography

  • And you can imagine how noses were flattened against the windows to see all this hierarchical swelldom.

    The Nabob

  • Lawyers, their legal quibbles finished for the week, were strolling leisurely with their black bags in their hands; portly merchants, forgetting Flinder’s Lane and incoming ships, walked beside their pretty daughters; and the representatives of swelldom were stalking along in their customary apparel of curly brimmed hats, high collars, and immaculate suits.

    The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

  • "I cannot tell, not belonging to swelldom, myself.

    Joyce's Investments A Story for Girls

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