Definition of Sloane in English:


(also Sloane Ranger)


  • A fashionable upper-class young woman, especially one living in London.

    ‘she speaks more like an Essex girl than a Sloane’
    • ‘You remember that jolly Sloane with the vulgar laugh, the velvet bow in her hair, who on her trips to the races with Diana used to poke passers-by in the bottom with her umbrella?’
    • ‘Be it baby boomers, punk, new romantics, Generation X, Sloanes, yuppies, bohos - I was too young/too old/too middle-class/too heterosexual/too poor or too rich to join in the fun.’
    • ‘Chicken Caesar salad has become a cop-out main course for dieting Sloanes who leave the croutons, but it shouldn't be.’
    • ‘Her voice is particularly attractive: fluted and clear, kinder than the hard-edged Sloane of caricature and, most importantly, never sneering.’
    • ‘But evidence suggests that in the world of business she is anything but a dizzy Sloane.’
    • ‘To my ear, Zellweger's Sloane is less perfect than Paltrow's snooty home counties in Emma.’
    • ‘Her early taste in clothing, all Sloane set ruffles and tweeds, was conventional.’
    • ‘But real Sloanes are too busy holding down jobs at Foxtons to hunt foxes.’
    • ‘A few short years ago they were just another set of superannuated Sloanes.’
    • ‘Repeat after me, Guy: velour is for girlies, caps are for Sloanes, and you should never, ever wear a tracksuit with normal shoes.’
    • ‘I'd ban those mustard-coloured corduroys that Sloanes wear with stripy blue shirts and tweed jackets.’
    • ‘What we saw in the press and on our TV screens were the faces of Britain's landed gentry, ex-public school boys, and upper-class checked-shirt Sloane types who have turned to aggression and violence to protect their cause.’
    • ‘It's called Chelsea but it's of multiple themes and far from the Sloane range.’
    • ‘In my opinion that's about average for a meal in York, but my brain adds on the taxi fare back home which takes Sloanes into slightly expensive territory.’
    • ‘Smith has since left the county and joined Middlesex, a little closer to the Mayfair restaurants and Sloanes he adores.’


1970s: from Sloane Square, London (+ Lone Ranger, the name of a fictitious cowboy hero).