arm candy


: a young attractive person who accompanies a usually older person at social events

Examples of arm candy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Earlier in the month on November 4, the superstar wore a sheer, nude-colored gown on the red carpet with a matching envelope clutch and platform heels, and accessorized with a stunning gemstone pendant and her arm candy husband, Ben Affleck. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 15 Nov. 2023 Chris Jackson/Getty Images As for jewelry, Markle stuck with minimal arm candy, including a vintage-style watch and a friendship bracelet that did not sacrifice the streamlined look. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 15 Sep. 2023 Treat yourself to some arm candy at the JW Pei sale. Claire Harmeyer, Peoplemag, 26 May 2023 In the market for a new piece of arm candy? Kami Phillips,, 15 Sep. 2020 Worse than arm candy is invisible, right? Leah Dolan, CNN, 9 Nov. 2021 Trick-or-treating with my arm candy. Travel + Leisure Editors, Travel + Leisure, 25 Jan. 2023 Meanwhile, Beatrice, the mother of Prince Charming — er, Robert — chafes at being royal arm candy, much like current ex-members of the British monarchy, pointing the way to more fulfilling possibilities for Ella and other women (as Beatrice, Minnie Driver is the sharpest talent in the movie). Tribune News Service, cleveland, 3 Sep. 2021 British thespian and first-time Academy Award nominee Bill Nighy used the 2023 Oscars red carpet on Sunday to debut some new arm candy. Vulture, 14 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1992, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arm candy was in 1992

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“Arm candy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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