Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A young city or suburban resident with a well-paid professional job and an affluent lifestyle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun an ambitious young adult, usually college-educated, living in or near a large city, with a professional career and an affluent lifestyle. The "u" in the word is sometimes interpreted as meaning “upwardly mobile”.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun informal a young upwardly mobile urban professional person with an affluent lifestyle

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a young upwardly mobile professional individual; a well-paid middle-class professional who works in a city and has a luxurious life style

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From y(oung) u(rban) p(rofessional) (influenced by yippie).]

Examples

  • It was 1971, well before the word yuppie had been coined, or wide acceptance of the principle that monetary success and value were synonyms.

    A Happy Marriage

  • It was 1971, well before the word yuppie had been coined, or wide acceptance of the principle that monetary success and value were synonyms.

    A Happy Marriage

  • It was 1971, well before the word yuppie had been coined, or wide acceptance of the principle that monetary success and value were synonyms.

    A Happy Marriage

  • It was 1971, well before the word yuppie had been coined, or wide acceptance of the principle that monetary success and value were synonyms.

    A Happy Marriage

  • It was 1971, well before the word yuppie had been coined, or wide acceptance of the principle that monetary success and value were synonyms.

    A Happy Marriage

  • The term yuppie (short for "young urban professional" or "young upwardly-mobile professional") refers to an 1980s and early 1990s term for financially secure, upper-middle class young people in their 20s and early 30s.

    LA IMC

  • It saw rapid expansion as the niche became - in yuppie fashion - mainstream.

    Starbucks to Double Its Purchase of Fair Trade Coffee in 2009

  • Guber, the quintessential New Age yuppie, is seen heading off his divorce because it would cost him too much, and participating in hand-holding group therapy sessions with business partner Peters.

    Archive 2005-12-01

  • Guber, the quintessential New Age yuppie, is seen heading off his divorce because it would cost him too much, and participating in hand-holding group therapy sessions with business partner Peters.

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  • Get ride of the entitled yuppie scum & self important egotists … Gilbert, where the buck are you from, california? new york? jeeze …

    Statesman - AP Sports

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