beautiful people

plural noun, often capitalized B&P

Definition of beautiful people 

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

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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.

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Read the whole speech below: Hi welcome, welcome beautiful people. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Read Jimmy Kimmel’s Entire 2018 Oscars Monologue (Harvey Weinstein and Envelopegate Jokes Included)," 4 Mar. 2018 Two beautiful people, a spontaneous six-week courtship, that massive diamond, and millions of viewers across America—Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson did The Bachelor better than ABC ever could. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Cazzie David Should Be the Next Bachelorette: A Proposal," 10 July 2018 The images the drug ads usually show are beautiful people having fun and enjoying life. Neil Senturia,, "Why don't we heed risk warnings?," 9 July 2018 And while the post was cute and had fans in a tizzy over how two of the most beautiful people on the planet are still so much in love, others couldn't help but point out how similar Hadid's baby blues look to Malik's tattoo. Samantha Sasso,, "Confirmed: Zayn Malik's Buzziest Tattoo Is A Tribute To Gigi Hadid," 5 July 2018 And honestly, nothing was more satisfying than watching beautiful people in beautiful clothing pick out produce., "Chanel Is Selling The Dream — & According To Their Numbers, We’re Buying It," 22 June 2018 Others have said that the most beautiful people are those with features aligned according to the golden ratio. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Mysteries of the Golden Ratio Explained by Math and Sunflowers," 11 May 2018 The evening of excess known as the Met Gala took place in New York Monday night, and as always the black-tie extravaganza benefiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute attracted all the beautiful people. Mark Shanahan,, "Tom Brady, Robert Kraft, Mitt Romney, Mindy Kaling spotted at Met Gala," 7 May 2018 So is murdering two beautiful people to feed that addiction. Christine M. Flowers,, "'Damage control' language on opioids is a mistake | Christine Flowers," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of beautiful people

1950, in the meaning defined above

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