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.

Examples of beautiful people in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cabanas hold prime seats to a mesmerizing show of beautiful people wading in clusters, chatting in groups as laughter permeates the air. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 16 July 2021 Two beautiful people meet on a crowded dance floor in Greece. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 16 Apr. 2021 No expensive seats next to the floor for the beautiful people. Star Tribune, 7 Apr. 2021 People-watching is a great pastime here, as the clear, aquamarine water and white sand beaches draw celebrities and beautiful people in skimpy swim attire. Cassie Armstrong,, 28 Mar. 2021 The premise of Grey’s Anatomy is, essentially: bear witness as beautiful people are emotionally and physically mauled, and then expire slowly, embalmed by their best friends’ tears. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 25 Mar. 2021 In proof that even the world’s most beautiful people get divorced, People reports that Zoë Kravitz filed for divorce from her husband of 18 months, actor Karl Glusman, on December 23. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 3 Jan. 2021 The stylish Rooftop in downtown Fort Lauderdale creates a world of carefree, beautiful people and cocktails on its social media, and nowhere does COVID intrude on this vibe on its Instagram or Facebook pages. Ben Crandell,, 25 Nov. 2020 Rover’s occupants were beautiful people with English accents. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 Oct. 2020

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.

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First Known Use of beautiful people

1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Beautiful people.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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