from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Same as
upper ten thousand(which see, under upper).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun colloq. The highest class in society; the upper ten. See Upper ten, under
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun the
very highest social class; the upper ten
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In the lower classes Cupid still reigns supreme; but in the middle strata, and among the uppertendom, the God of Love complains that his wings are clipped, his arrows pointless, and while both of his eyes are still blind, his hands and feet are also fettered.
They occupied the most expensive accommodations, dressed and rode in the most costly and imposing fashion, and made a great sensation upon uppertendom in Syracuse.