rich or luxurious in dress.
aristocratic or wealthy: a silk-stocking neighborhood.


a person who dresses richly or luxuriously.
an aristocratic or wealthy person.

Origin of silk-stocking

First recorded in 1590–1600 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of silk-stocking

  • They parachuted these silk-stocking lawyers into the area, offer quick settlements and get the victims to sign these waivers.

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    BP's Payoffs Backfire

    Rick Outzen

    May 4, 2010

Historical Examples of silk-stocking

  • Here is your aristocrat, one of your silk-stocking gentry, at your service.

    Lincoln's Yarns and Stories

    Alexander K. McClure

  • Didnt suppose you silk-stocking bunch in Sohmer ever had to work!

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • They were not influenced in the least by the silk-stocking reform view of Mr. Platt.

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Theodore Roosevelt

  • I knew both the machine and the silk-stocking reformers fairly well, from many years' close association with them.

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Theodore Roosevelt

  • Meanwhile, what became of the once aristocratic Opposition, with its 'silk-stocking gentry,' as they were termed?