so·​cial·​ite | \ ˈsō-shə-ˌlīt \

Definition of socialite 

: a socially prominent person

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The British socialite welcomed her first child with husband James Matthews in mid-October, and gave birth in the same hospital wing as her royal big sister, Kate. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Poses for a Festive Post-Baby Photo Shoot," 20 Dec. 2018 Add to that the fact that the audience is dressed not unlike the aristocratic socialites whom Barnum rubs elbows with in the movie. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show sells a fantasy of empowerment. I sorta believed it.," 3 Dec. 2018 As not answering his stack of correspondence appeared impolite, the London socialite decided to speed up the task by enlisting his friend, artist J.C. Horsley, to design a festive card with a fill-in-the-blank salutation in 1843. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Your Old Christmas Cards Might Be Worth Serious Money," 16 Nov. 2018 If the scholar and the socialite seemed to be polar opposites, Eileen’s earlier broken engagement at age 17 was more predictable. Michael Henry Adams, Town & Country, "Inside the Auction of Eileen Slocum's Astounding Newport Mansion," 28 Sep. 2018 On Riverdale, Camila Mendes stars as Veronica Lodge, the supremely privileged and polished socialite who comes to town and steals Archie’s heart. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Camila Mendes Stars In the New Chainsmokers Music Video for "Side Effects"," 21 Aug. 2018 In 2015, through a mutual friendship with the Duchess of York, Henderson met his future fiancée, Heather Kerzner, an American socialite who previously had been married to the South African hotelier Sol Kerzner. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "The Reputation-Laundering Firm That Ruined Its Own Reputation," 25 May 2018 Her death, as is well known, caused the greatest constitutional crisis since the abdication of Edward VIII, or, to be more accurate, since Edward VIII’s desire to marry a divorced American socialite named Wallis Simpson. Will Frears,, "The Real Housewives of Kensington Palace," 20 Mar. 2011 At times, the scene here can seem disparate, caught between affected grunge and unsettling flash, complete with a campy cadre of overdressed socialites. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Cool Girl’s Guide to Toronto," 27 Dec. 2018

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1909, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of socialite

: someone who is well-known in fashionable society and is often seen at parties and other social events for wealthy people

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