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Sloane

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Pronunciation: /sləʊn
 
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(also Sloane Ranger)

Definition of Sloane in English:

noun

British informal
A fashionable upper-class young woman, especially one living in London: she speaks more like an Essex girl than a Sloane
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I'd ban those mustard-coloured corduroys that Sloanes wear with stripy blue shirts and tweed jackets.

Origin

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

More
  • We have one person to credit for calling upper-class young women Sloanes or Sloane Rangers. In 1975 Peter York, style editor on the magazine Harpers & Queen, identified the cultural stereotype of the wealthy, fashionable, but conventional-minded London girls and began writing about them, eventually co-authoring the book The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook in 1982. He coined the name by combining Sloane Square in west London, their home territory, with the masked cowboy hero the Lone Ranger. Her male equivalent is the Hooray Henry, a loud but harmless young upper-class man. He is first mentioned in a story by the US writer Damon Runyon in 1936, as a Hoorah Henry.

Derivatives

Sloaney

1
adjective (Sloanier, Sloaniest)
Example sentences
  • He was clearly an Etonian but he wasn't swaggering around in a braying, Sloaney way.
  • When she was ejected from her fee-paying school, her parents thought it would be good for her to go to a boarding school: a Sloaney establishment in Kent.
  • And definitely consign to oblivion the Sloaney cropped navy velvet jackets with pie-crust collars peeping out.

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