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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Where beautiful people could throw parties and have no idea who was taking LSD by the pool. Los Angeles Times, "Charles Manson’s murderous imprint on L.A. endures as other killers have come and gone," 28 July 2019 Outside of the epic fetes, gorgeous Caribbean backdrop and beautiful people, the music for St. Lucia Carnival is truly what makes this experience one of a kind. Anquanette Gaspard, Essence, "Live It Up: Get On Badder Than Bad at St. Lucia Carnival 2019," 9 July 2019 Love Island, which is filmed at a luxury Spanish villa and involves beautiful people coupling up to find love while sequestered on an island, has come under fire since the suicides. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "After Love Island Suicides, Psychologists Weigh In On Mental Health And Reality TV," 6 June 2019 Special thanks to discovery and our wonderful crew who helped us make a beautiful ceremony for two beautiful people ♥️ #stayhappy #staystrong ps how flipping cute is my nephew!!!! Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Alaskan Bush People's Gabe Brown Married Raquell Rose for the Second Time in 5 Months," 17 June 2019 Gorgeous gowns, sparkly jewels, and beautiful people are not in short supply. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The 10 Best Fashion Movies That Aren't The Devil Wears Prada," 24 Dec. 2018 Those who live and die by the glitz, the glam, and the flowery opinions of beautiful people will see Gospel as quite the bougie home run. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Black fashion superhero André Leon Talley finally gets his due in new documentary," 6 June 2018 Singing for thousands of you beautiful people, getting to know you and talk to you, seeing the world.... Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Camila Cabello Shuts Down Rumors That She's Pregnant In The Most Camila Way EVER," 29 Oct. 2018 Read the whole speech below: Hi welcome, welcome beautiful people. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Read Jimmy Kimmel’s Entire 2018 Oscars Monologue (Harvey Weinstein and Envelopegate Jokes Included)," 4 Mar. 2018

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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