wellborn

[wel-bawrn]
adjective
1.
born of a good, noble, or highly esteemed family.
noun
2.
(used with a plural verb) wellborn persons collectively (usually preceded by the ): the pride and assurance of the wellborn.

Origin:
before 950; Middle English; Old English welboren. See well1, born

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Example sentences
He found the rich and wellborn interesting in part because they are the natural preservers of custom and ceremony.
In practice, it was dominated by the wellborn and the rich.
Wellborn says he's been told it's because of bedbugs.
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