- located at, moving toward, or of or for the upper end of a social or economic scale: The boutique caters to upscale young career people.
- luxurious, costly, or elegant.
verb (used with object), up·scaled, up·scal·ing.
- to improve the quality, value, or rating of: a five-year plan to upscale the neighborhood.
- (used with a plural verb) elegant, elite, privileged persons collectively (usually preceded by the): shops that only the upscale can afford to patronize.
- of or for the upper end of an economic or social scale; up-market
- (tr) to increase the scale of
adj.1966, “at the higher end of a scale, superior,” from up + noun derivative of scale (n.3).