beauty contest

noun
Updated on: 28 Mar 2018

Definition of beauty contest

1 a : an assemblage of girls or women at which judges select the most beautiful called also beauty pageant
b : a contest or competitive situation that is likened to a traditional beauty contest especially in involving judgments made on the basis of physical attractiveness or popular appeal
  • … an elite automotive expo and beauty contest where cars of only the highest caliber …
  • —Hannah Elliott
2 US politics : a presidential primary election in which the popular vote does not determine the number of convention delegates a candidate receives
  • Mr. Ford and Mr. Reagan are listed in the Republican preferential primary or "beauty contest."
  • —Charles Mohr

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First Known Use of beauty contest

1879


BEAUTY CONTEST Defined for English Language Learners

beauty contest

Definition of beauty contest for English Language Learners

  • : a contest in which people judge a group of women or girls and decide which one is the most beautiful


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