polite society (uncountable)
- The elite or upper crust of society.
- The members of polite society had become inbred in behavior, living by outdated rules and concerned with dusty glories and old feuds.
- That portion of society that is concerned with (or cares about) etiquette and proper behavior, with politeness.
- His antics might be accepted by backwoods dwellers, but in polite society he appeared uncouth.