socialite

noun
so·​cial·​ite | \ ˈsō-shə-ˌlīt How to pronounce socialite (audio) \

Definition of socialite

: a socially prominent person

Examples of socialite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Manny was an avid golfer, gardener and socialite and will always be remembered for his quick-witted humor and active nature. courant.com, "Manual A. Galo," 13 Nov. 2019 Donald Trump, Melania Knauss, Jeffrey Epstein and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell pose together at the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida on February 12, 2000. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "The Jeffrey Epstein Investigation Continues After His Death. Here's Who Else Could Be Investigated," 15 Aug. 2019 Long after the celebrities and socialites went home, six new portraits remained to commemorate the gala’s guests of honor. Andrea Michelson, Smithsonian, "Here’s What NPG Gala Honorees Have to Say About Their Portraits," 23 Nov. 2019 In 2001, Vanity Fair reported that a group of wealthy, high-profile women, including supermodel Christie Brinkley and socialites Karen LeFrak and the late Nan Kempner, were issued subpoenas by federal agents for owning shahtoosh. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "The Most Expensive Fabric on Earth Is Totally Illegal to Own," 6 Oct. 2019 The Resnicks are among Los Angeles’ wealthiest individuals and socialites. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, "Caltech gets $750 million for climate research from Resnicks, who depend on water for their businesses," 26 Sep. 2019 The pair are reported to have split in the 1990s, although the socialite remained close to the pedophile. Bianca Britton, CNN, "Ghislaine Maxwell is the woman at the center of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal. She's not been seen in months," 8 Dec. 2019 His great uncle, as in real life, abdicated the throne to marry American socialite Wallis Simpson, for which he was ostracized by the Royal Family. Rachael Bunyan, Time, "The True Story Behind Prince Charles' Storyline on The Crown Season 3," 15 Nov. 2019 However, Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry American socialite Wallis Simpson, who had previously been married to U.S. naval officer Win Spencer. Fox News, "Rare coin minted for King Edward VIII’s reign sold at auction for $163G," 2 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of socialite

1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Socialite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/socialite. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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socialite

noun
How to pronounce socialite (audio)

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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