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Four Hundred

or 400

the exclusive social set of a city or area.
Origin of Four Hundred
1885-90, Americanism; 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. 2015.
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  • 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
  • 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.

    The Indians' Last Fight Dennis Collins
  • 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
  • So they went on till the four-hundred level was below them; then the engine quickened its action.

    In Blue Creek Caon Anna Chapin Ray
  • The powder-mills at Nashville turned out about four-hundred pounds a day.

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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