four hundredFour Hundred
[alsoF- H-] the exclusive social set of a particular place: preceded by the
Origin of four hundredpopularized by C. J. Allen, New York Sun society reporter, from a remark by Ward McAllister: “There are only 400 people in New York that one really knows”; probably from limited capacity of Mrs. J. J. Astor's ballroom
The wealthiest and most exclusive social set of a community, especially that of New York City during the Gilded Age.
- Ordinal: four-hundredth.