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 There are burgeoning romances, love triangles, mean-girl spats, and beautiful people vacantly lounging around—all the hallmarks of escapist teen fare. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix’s Get Even Is a Perfect Blend of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars," 31 July 2020 Not to mention, watching beautiful people stumble their way into love is objectively entertaining, no matter your mood. Andrea Park, Marie Claire, "8 Best Romantic Comedies of 2020," 6 Apr. 2020 Images of beautiful people doing advanced yoga poses on rocky seawalls and windswept beaches may look idyllic. Popular Science, "Yoga accessories to help you practice smarter," 23 Apr. 2020 All the women in this whole experience are beautiful people and wonderful. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'Love is Blind': All your post-finale burning questions for Jessica and Mark, answered," 28 Feb. 2020 Later in the evening, at N’Ombra de Vin, a popular mecca for wine in the Brera neighborhood, couples and friends drank carefree in the cavernous basement while outside the beautiful people sipped and flirted over small tables. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "It’s Not the Plague, but Milan Isn’t Itself Either," 27 Feb. 2020 This translates into a wild poolside rave with lots of beautiful people at a mansion that also boasts a cache of weapons and a panic room. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Fantasy Island commits the ultimate cinematic sin: It’s boring," 15 Feb. 2020 The Consistent Post a series of photos of yourself in the same pose next to multiple beautiful people. Jason Adam Katzenstein Jenny Kroik, The New Yorker, "Classic Instagram Poses to Confuse People About Whether You’re Dating Someone," 27 Dec. 2019 Midway through the evening, Jones noticed single man staring down at his phone, seemingly oblivious to the beautiful people around him. Wired, "Society Photographer Turns His Lens on Smartphone Addiction," 2 Dec. 2019

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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3 Aug 2020

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“Beautiful people.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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