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Four Hundred

or 400

the exclusive social set of a city or area.
Origin of Four Hundred
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90; allegedly after the capacity of the ballroom in the mansion of Caroline Schermerhorn Astor, a leader of New York society in the late 19th century Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It could be built on less than Four Hundred acres of ground, too, I presume?

    The Idiot John Kendrick Bangs
  • Galton estimated the number of men of genius in all history at Four Hundred.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Twenty-four hours of blind energy advanced the rescuers three or Four Hundred yards, but there seemed to be no end to the fall.

    A Safety Match Ian Hay
  • She is not, but easily might have been, one of the Four Hundred.

  • There were Four Hundred vessels of silver of great weight, and many other rich and costly articles.

    Peter the Great Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for Four Hundred

Four Hundred

(US) the Four Hundred, the most exclusive or affluent social clique in a particular place
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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