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  • adj. Of good lineage or stock.

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  • adj. Of aristocratic or high-ranking birth


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well +‎ born


  • His children were called "wellborn," and when he died, his widow was treated as a lady of position, and that was "something."

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  • One day, Derren attracted a rebellious wellborn, Salusch, as they called the lovely Saluschious Terrishial.


  • The first are the rich and wellborn, the other the mass of the people ....

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  • He sat in his small room, and they in their gay, worldly dresses, the rich and the wellborn, as well as the simple and the illiterate, crowded into it.

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  • In practice, it was dominated by the wellborn and the rich.

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  • While I marvel, as so often before, at the aesthetic perversity of wellborn WASPs, Bush shakes his head and says in the same hurt voice, "Not a word of thanks."

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  • She was delighted to hire on with the handsome young senator and his wellborn wife.

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  • Update (Oct. 10): Dave at OakvilleBlackWalnut sends along a clipping of the original article, which gives some additional info on the wellborn Mrs. Boone: After her husband left the University City home last May Mrs. Boone continued to live there with many servants.

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  • Similarly, Mark never uttered a word about his wellborn wife, Lady Annabel Vane Tempest-Stewart, for whom his tony club was named, having two children with James “Jimmy” Goldsmith, the late billionaire, before she and Mark were divorced.

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  • So dire was the threat of French power believed to be that a volunteer movementhad sprung up in England to resist it, and wellborn young men engaged in shooting practice at Wimbledon and Scrubbs.

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