Meaning of pure merino in English:

pure merino

noun

  • 1Australian, New Zealand historical An early immigrant to Australia who had no convict origins.

    ‘pure merinos might boycott balls if the children of convicts were among the guests’
    • ‘The government printer censored the text, deleting, among other passages, a paragraph on the pure merinos.’
    • ‘Pure merinos prided themselves on having no 'taint' of convict blood.’
    • ‘The good guy, as described at one point in the film, is pure merino.’
    • ‘The 'Pure Merinos' agitated in vain during the 1850s for convict transportation to solve their labour problems.’
    • ‘As the son of a convict mother and a near-convict father, he had squirmed beneath the disdain of Pure Merinos.’
    • ‘The free settlers and their descendants regarded themselves as socially and morally superior to those who had arrived as felons, or whose parents had been felons; and they gloried in the sobriquets of "pure merinos" in order to ditinguish themselves from the criminally tainted "emancipists".’
    • ‘The 'exclusives' or the 'pure merinos' looked down on the ex-convicts.’
    • ‘They styled themselves 'pure merinos', and they were absolutely not prepared to admit an emancipist, whatever his merits, to their circle.’
    • ‘Free settlers, known as 'pure merinos', were outraged that ex-convicts, who still bore the stigma of bondage, should be treated as their equals.’
    • ‘The "pure merinos" and the wealthy emancipists were forced to bury their differences in order to defend common economic interests.’
    1. 1.1A member of a prominent family in Australian society.
      ‘only the pure merinos were fit to serve the troops’
      • ‘The term pure merino became a metaphor for colonial aristocracy.’
      • ‘He moved in circles in which he met only those young men who had benefited from their upbringing and were in effect accepted as pure merinos once removed.’
      • ‘The pure merinos pride themselves on being of the purest blood in the colony.’
      • ‘It was quite clear she wasn't from the rich landowning classes known as the Pure Merinos.’
      • ‘The Pure Merinos had invested their money in acquiring land.’
      • ‘Representatives of the 'pure merinos' and the leading urban entrepreneurs and professional men might be asked to dine with the Governor.’
      • ‘Those without the blue blood but with plenty of cash will pay what you ask and double, they're so desperate to be accepted by the pure merinos.’
      • ‘She was dancing every dance with other pure merinos.’
      • ‘Dull beyond conception, proud with the inordinate pride that rests on no basis, and resentful of the land which gave them their living, the pure merinos represented a cause which was dying.’
      • ‘On one occasion, a lady was invited to a ball, given by one of the 'aristocrats', but her husband was not considered sufficiently aristocratic to be admitted among the 'pure merinos', being only a clerk.’