- sophisticated, fashionable people as a group: a shop catering to the smart set.
Origin of smart set
First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for smart set
He sounds to me like a sort of smart-set Raffles, Gibbs asserted.Under Cover
Roi Cooper Megrue
He had a beautiful disdain for society—society in its Smart-Set sense.
It was truly an inspiration; just the sort of thing to hand out to one of Newport's smart-set.When Dreams Come True
I suspected the new doctor of a sense of humour, as well as of an understanding of current smart-set satire.Pushed and the Return Push
George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
- (functioning as singular or plural) fashionable sophisticated people considered as a group
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Idioms and Phrases with smart set
A fashionable social group, as in This restaurant has been discovered by the smart set. This idiom may be obsolescent. [Late 1800s]
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