Meaning of “upper” in the English Dictionary

"upper" in British English

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upperadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈʌp.ər/ us /ˈʌp.ɚ/

B1 at a higher position or level than something else, or being the top part of something:

The office building's upper floors were being repainted.
If the infection is not checked it will probably spread to the upper body.
Opposite

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  • We sat in one of the upper tiers of the football stands.
  • the upper jaw/lip
  • He died from multiple stab wounds to the neck and upper body.
  • the upper age limit
  • the upper echelons of society

uppernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈʌp.ər/ us /ˈʌp.ɚ/

(Definition of “upper” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"upper" in American English

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upperadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈʌp·ər/

at a higher position or level (than something else), or being the top part of something:

Our company occupied the three upper floors of the building.

uppernoun [ C ]

us /ˈʌp·ər/

the top part of a shoe

(Definition of “upper” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)