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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for four hundred

aristocracy, elite, society, gentry, cream, privileged, gentility, nobility

Examples from the Web for four hundred

Contemporary Examples of four hundred

Historical Examples of four hundred

  • He arrived in a four-hundred dollar suit and a fifty-dollar tie.

    The Mind Digger

    Winston Marks

  • All the rules of etiquette, as prescribed for the four-hundred, were suspended.

  • That same evening we set out for Berdiczov—four-hundred haidemaken, with the culverin.

  • The pigskin envelope contained a little less than four-hundred dollars, mostly in gold Treasury certificates.

    The Bandbox

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Angrily Mitch keyed the carrier wave, screwed the button tightly down, and kicked on the four-hundred cycle modulator.

    Way of a Rebel

    Walter M. Miller

British Dictionary definitions for four hundred

Four Hundred


the Four Hundred US the most exclusive or affluent social clique in a particular place
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