Definition of in-crowd in US English:



the in-crowd
  • A small group of people perceived by others to be particularly fashionable, informed, or popular.

    • ‘Newly opened, the restaurant is already proving to be popular with the in-crowd who recognize good quality food.’
    • ‘If you're not in the in-crowd, the movie says, lifelong misery can only follow.’
    • ‘Luigi's is a noisy brightly-lit large and crowded black-mirrored restaurant that as far as Ipswich is concerned, was clearly the in-place for the in-crowd.’
    • ‘But the restaurants didn't move with the times and fell out of favour, forcing the in-crowd across town to move to New Farm.’
    • ‘I came close once, on a school field trip, when I so wanted to be in with the in-crowd that I briefly toyed with the idea.’
    • ‘And I thought only the in-crowd could get him to talk.’
    • ‘Nearly a third admitted to having joined a gym to get in with the in-crowd and 31 per cent said they have paid extra for clothes to make sure they had the right label.’
    • ‘Almost daily, tabloids have runs shots of the in-crowd sporting Pringle clothes emblazoned with the tell-tale trademark of the Lion Rampant.’
    • ‘The ‘in’ crowd considered me a loser because I didn't care what kind of friends I had - the in-crowd did.’
    • ‘It was cheek-to-jowl in-crowd, all clutching glasses of wine, seeing and being seen - well, as best they could in the cram.’
    • ‘Alternatively, you can eat at super-trendy Spoon Byblos, a major magnet for the in-crowd.’
    • ‘These days, a regular personal web-page is so passé and if you want to rejoin the in-crowd, you've got to become a ‘blogger’’
    • ‘He looked her over again quickly, knowing from her bearing and solitude that she wasn't a member of the in-crowd.’
    • ‘Let's start with blazers (don't call them suit jackets, or the in-crowd will think you quite déclassé).’
    • ‘No, it's not just science fiction, claim leading members of the cyber-cognoscenti, the cyber science in-crowd.’
    • ‘With the exception of their three classes, he barely got to talk to her at all as she refused to hang out with the in-crowd and likewise with his new friends.’
    • ‘He is appalled to find that the Groton boys stick together, women still love athletes and the in-crowd is still off-limits.’
    • ‘Braidie is left with the question of what to do as a by-stander, as a member of the in-crowd, when she has to come to terms with the dark realities of what her friends are doing and the dreadful results their actions could yield.’
    • ‘One girl whose dress was slashed at the sides to expose a tattoo on her hipbone stopped the in-crowd in its tracks, Wells said.’
    • ‘Outcasts at school may find themselves part of the in-crowd at a church group or summer camp.’
    clique, set, circle, inner circle, crowd, gang, band, pack, crew, clan, club, fellowship, brotherhood, fraternity, sorority, sect, camp, community, league, alliance, faction, cabal, junta, caucus, syndicate, nucleus, cell
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/ˈɪn ˌkraʊd//ˈin ˌkroud/