beauty contest

noun

Definition of beauty contest 

1a : 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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The Transition isn't going to win any beauty contests. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "You Could Buy a Flying Car in 2019," 19 July 2018 The now-booming company named its flagship India Pale Ale for a fish that wouldn't win any beauty contests, with poisonous spines protruding from its back; nevertheless, this sea creature also yields delicious flavor. Fox News, "Best American IPA beers," 30 Oct. 2015 The continent-wide beauty contest (Toronto’s in the mix) comes even as a group of influential economists and planners have created a petition urging cities to reject the retail behemoth's demands for incentives. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Amazon's second headquarters search hits crunch time; one group warns 'it's a race to the bottom'," 2 Apr. 2018 Perhaps, but tennis is not a beauty contest, even if beauty can certainly help secure sponsorship. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Sometimes in Tennis, One Hand is Still Better Than Two," 30 June 2018 With his interest in pageantry well-known, Gonzalez has been invited to judge 61 beauty contests, including a recent Miss Houston Scholarship Pageant in the Miss America system. Houston Chronicle, "Pearland man national pageant," 9 July 2018 The loss threw the Cowboys, who almost certainly would have faced LSU in the BCS title game had they been undefeated, into a beauty contest with one-loss Alabama. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Chaos and Consequences of the BCS, 20 Years After Its Inaugural Season," 9 July 2018 Just then the Ladies Day beauty contest was about to begin. Ross Kenneth Urken, Town & Country, "Meet the Only All-Female Team at Bangkok’s Storied Elephant Polo Tournament," 6 Apr. 2018 Carlson has indicated that changes are in store and has not ruled out eliminating the swimsuit portion of the pageant, which began as a bathing-beauty contest on the Boardwalk. Amy S. Rosenberg, Philly.com, "Miss America Organization gets $4.3 million lifeline," 17 Apr. 2018

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1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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beauty contest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of beauty contest

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

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