plural noun
glit·​te·​ra·​ti | \ ˌgli-tə-ˈrä-tē How to pronounce glitterati (audio) \

Definition of glitterati

: people who are famous, wealthy, and attractive : beautiful people Every weekend the resort is packed with IT executives, bankers and media glitterati.— John Parker In honor of her visit, they held a real Hollywood party, replete with movie stars and other glitterati— Janet Roseman … food critics, politicians, and glitterati from all over the world flock to French eateries.— Peter Nulty

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Recent Examples on the Web Los Angeles had its share of Hollywood glitterati at the Great Western Forum to bond with the Lakers of Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor and Jerry West. Harvey Araton, New York Times, "The Old Knicks Made Basketball Games the ‘Hippest Place’ in New York," 8 May 2020 The annual Friday Charity Preview attracts about 13,000 auto industry figures, celebrities, national and local politicians and glitterati for three hours of cheek-kissing and back-slapping, followed by dinner and drinks. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit auto show schedule change likely avoided earlier coronavirus outbreak, experts say," 6 Apr. 2020 Le Trianon was the venue for the sixth annual Vogue Paris Foundation Gala last night, where the best and brightest of the fashion glitterati raised money for the city’s premier fashion museum, the Palais Galliera. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Vogue Paris Hosts its Annual Foundation Gala for the Palais Galliera," 3 July 2019 This year’s list of finalists includes a who’s who of U.S. basketball glitterati, many of whom are expected to participate in the Olympic games. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Three Spurs among 44 finalists for Olympic team," 10 Feb. 2020 The only extended biography of Kenya’s longest-serving president was written by Andrew Morton, made famous for his account of the world’s glitterati—from Princess Diana and Madonna to David and Victoria Beckham. Gabrielle Lynch, Quartz Africa, "How Daniel arap Moi became Kenya’s “big man” president," 3 Feb. 2020 Sun Valley, Idaho, habitues such as Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake and other celebs are a large part of the continuing glitterati factor in thi s resort town. Liza Weisstuch, Washington Post, "If you’re a celeb hunter, Idaho’s Sun Valley might appeal. But in McCall, nature is the star.," 12 Feb. 2020 In 1956 the chic alpine resort hosted the Winter Olympics, which brought the Dolomites to the attention of the world’s glitterati, from Frank Sinatra to Brigitte Bardot. National Geographic, "," 22 Jan. 2020 For being such prominent glitterati, the people on that list spectacularly failed Parenting 101: letting their kids thrive or fail based on their own merits or mistakes. Kristen Mcqueary,, "Column: Felicity Huffman and other celebs just perfected the Chicago Way’s ‘principal discretion’ trick," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of glitterati

1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glitterati

blend of glitter entry 2 and literati

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19 May 2020

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“Glitterati.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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informal : people who are famous, wealthy, and attractive

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