beautiful people

plural noun, often capitalized B&P

Definition of beautiful people

: wealthy or famous people whose lifestyle is usually expensive and well-publicized

Can beautiful be used to describe a man?

Our evidence shows that when beautiful is used to describe physical beauty, it is overwhelming used of women or a physical aspect of a woman (such as her hair or skin). This hasn't always been the case: when beautiful first came into English it was used as easily of men as it was of women. Nowadays, handsome is the adjective of appreciation most commonly used of men.

The plural noun phrase beautiful people doesn't refer to the overall looks of the people mentioned, but rather the elegance and sumptuousness of their lives.

Examples of beautiful people in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After all, these rich and beautiful people can't possibly see past Dee's uncontrollable urge to panic-gag and Charlie's uncontrollable desire to shove grotesque amounts of cheese in his mouth, right? Dennis Perkins,, 3 Sep. 2022 The default physique of the beautiful people remains one that is long and lean. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2022 The most beautiful people have something radiating inside. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 23 June 2022 The pride of Scottsdale Fashion Square, Francine is a beautiful restaurant filled with even more beautiful people. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 18 June 2022 It’s a frothy action/adventure show filled with beautiful cars, beautiful clothes, beautiful homes and beautiful people. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 May 2022 As with any Libra placement, they are ruled by Venus and will naturally gravitate toward beautiful people, places, and things. Glamour, 31 May 2022 It’s a fantasy land of eternal youth, full of beautiful people who seem to spend an extraordinary amount of time not wearing pants. Chris Moody, Outside Online, 19 Feb. 2021 After being shipwrecked, two beautiful people (Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins) grow up in an island paradise, away from the prying eyes of society. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 31 May 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'beautiful people.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of beautiful people

1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Beautiful people.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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