beautiful people

plural noun

often capitalized B&P
: 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.

Examples of beautiful people in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thank you to all the beautiful people who came to our shows, told us how our music connected with them, supported us through buying our merch and loved on us through this entire trip. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 4 July 2024 People love to tune in, tune out, and escape while watching beautiful people doing impossible things. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 11 June 2024 Come for a meal, come for a snack, come to see the beautiful people. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, 6 June 2024 So, so proud of these incredibly talented, beautiful people. Moises Mendez Ii, TIME, 22 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for beautiful people 

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of beautiful people was in 1950

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“Beautiful people.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beautiful%20people. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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