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

Examples of glitterati in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the glitterati have lost their internal boredom-meters in quarantine, what hope is there for the rest of us? Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, "Oscars 2021: Wolf Howls, Da Butt and the Chadwick Boseman Tribute That Wasn’t," 26 Apr. 2021 Like its original location up north, the Miami outpost has become a see-and-be-seen locale for power players and glitterati, and landing a reservation in the wake of its opening has become the ultimate status symbol. Taylor Stoddard, Forbes, "Major Food Group Opens Carbone Miami With Overwhelming Popularity, And Rapid Expansion Plans To-Follow," 18 Mar. 2021 This being the opposite of a normal year, however, the Golden Globes have only just aired, and the glitterati of TV and film Zoomed in from their homes, wearing everything from haute couture to homey sweatshirts. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "An American Reckoning at the Golden Globes," 1 Mar. 2021 New York power players and celebrities flooded the restaurant and the critics co-signed the glitterati’s enthusiasm for the Odeon. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, "How Trailblazing Chef Patrick Clark Changed the Story of Modern American Dining," 24 Feb. 2021 In the age of social distancing, even the glitterati have to Zoom in from home, and 90% sit in front of their bookshelves. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Books in Zoom backgrounds are latest fashion statement," 2 Feb. 2021 Her research provides glimpses into upper-middle-class British life in the 1920s that little resemble popular images of the roaring glitterati. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Cozy up your holiday reading with homages to Dame Agatha and detective Holmes," 23 Dec. 2020 Doing so might be fine for that sliver of glitterati without the self-awareness to question their own need for social validation. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS600 Goes Shiny and Chrome," 2 Dec. 2020 Sir John Tusa, a former BBC executive, has written a guide based on his extensive experience among Britain’s literati and glitterati. The Economist, "Bartleby How to play the board game," 21 Nov. 2020

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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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8 May 2021

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“Glitterati.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of glitterati

informal : people who are famous, wealthy, and attractive

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