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

Definition of socialite

: a socially prominent person

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Recent Examples on the Web In the days following, the British socialite was allegedly punished for reporting abuse as a guard ordered her to clean, scrub, and sanitize showers using a broom. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, "Ghislaine Maxwell alleges abuse by guard in federal jail," 17 Feb. 2021 Her brilliant barrister husband Mark was one of those who recognized this shining trait of Marguerite’s, that beneath the socialite was a fearsome intelligence; allied to quite staggering feminine insight. Alex Hitz, Town & Country, "Remembering Marguerite Littman, the Woman Who Taught Princess Diana About Philanthropy," 10 Jan. 2021 His first wife died in 1995, and two years later, Shultz married Charlotte Mailliard Swig, a prominent San Francisco socialite. Norman Kempster, Los Angeles Times, "George Shultz, secretary of State who shaped foreign policy in the Cold War, dies at 100," 7 Feb. 2021 The socialite and the Black Panther star made things public just after the new year, posting some pictures to Instagram. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Michael B. Jordan and Lori Harvey's Relationship: A Complete Timeline," 25 Jan. 2021 The assortment, previously part of a private collection from glamorous socialite Catherine McNulty, is composed of 49 pieces in total, including bags, shoes, jewelry, and jackets. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Online Consignment Sites to Score Vintage Fashion," 5 Jan. 2021 San Francisco's mayor, London Breed, was at the same $350-a-plate restaurant a day later, dining with a San Francisco socialite and six others. Juliet Williams, Star Tribune, "Restaurant jaunts create credibility issue for politicians," 2 Dec. 2020 Following Epstein’s arrest and subsequent death in 2019, Maxwell, a British socialite, spent nearly the next year in hiding until she herself was arrested. Britni De La Cretaz,, "2020 Was Full Of High Profile Crimes By The Rich, The Powerful & The Very Strange," 18 Dec. 2020 The Creed actor and socialite were previously photographed together during the holidays. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, "Michael B. Jordan and Lori Harvey Make It Instagram Official," 11 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of socialite

1909, in the meaning defined above

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25 Feb 2021

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“Socialite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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