Definition of the chattering classes in US English:

the chattering classes

phrase

British
derogatory
  • Educated people, especially those in academic, artistic, or media circles.

    • ‘Speaking in his shiny new office, Kehoe says he is confident that the chattering classes of Dublin will be ‘knocked sideways’ by the strength of his party's showing.’
    • ‘Now what would otherwise have been a uninviting troglodytic restaurant is transformed into what promises to become a popular meeting place for the city's chattering classes.’
    • ‘Not a cosy coterie of the chattering classes, but people who represent a broad spectrum of opinion.’
    • ‘The west Midlands campaign, limited so far to the Birmingham elite and chattering classes, has been partly fuelled by a sense that north Wales is doing well out of devolution.’
    • ‘Some call them the chattering classes, I call them the middle class in denial.’
    • ‘The properties have certainly been designed with the chattering classes in mind - practically every single room in every property is an exercise in name-dropping.’
    • ‘But maybe class is not an issue for them because they are both now so firmly part of that powerful caste, the chattering classes.’
    • ‘This preoccupation with what the neighbours think is a classic example of the middle class morality that the chattering classes claim to despise.’
    • ‘Janacek had been ignored throughout his life by the Prague chattering classes as a country hick and no more than a workmanlike composer, and they weren't going to change their minds after one triumph.’
    • ‘Generally most of us don't think much of the chattering classes because we remember them as runny nose kids who couldn't find the right end of the broom when something practical like sweeping the steps had to be done.’