plural noun

glit·​te·​ra·​ti ˌgli-tə-ˈrä-tē How to pronounce glitterati (audio)
: 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 glitteratiJanet Roseman
… food critics, politicians, and glitterati from all over the world flock to French eateries.Peter Nulty

Examples of glitterati in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fans who had flown in from overseas mixed with elder segments of the local glitterati. Chris Willman, Variety, 18 Dec. 2023 Laurent Benoit Touted as the ultimate winter playground for the world’s glitterati, the tony Caribbean island of St. Barths in the French West Indies is one of the world’s most glamorous islands. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 13 Dec. 2023 Amongst the guests were New Yorkers and style glitterati Christine Baranski, Jordan Roth, Jenna Lyons, Jeremy O. Harris, Morgan Spector, Rebecca Hall, David Harbour, Christopher Briney, Lola Tung, and more. José Criales-Unzueta, Vogue, 1 Nov. 2023 In March 1996, music glitterati convened at the iconic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles for the prestigious Soul Train music awards. Sasha Pezenik, ABC News, 3 Oct. 2023 Its glamorous reputation still draws the glitterati. Lucy Alexander, Robb Report, 29 Oct. 2023 The businessman’s circle of acquaintances and contacts was eclectic and expansive: glitterati of all stripes, pro-business politicos including then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, potentates such as the sultan of Brunei, and the arms merchant Adnan Khashoggi. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2023 Paris Fashion Week may be in full swing, but in the city that never sleeps, nothing deters the glitterati from a Versace party. Jasmine Contomichalos, Vogue, 28 Sep. 2023 Then, there are the more recent generations of fashion glitterati who flock to the city in search of inspiration and creative nourishment, from Jean-Paul Gaultier to John Galliano, and whose collections have been inspired by the city’s distinctive aesthetic. Liam Hess, Vogue, 10 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


blend of glitter entry 2 and literati

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of glitterati was in 1940

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“Glitterati.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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