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

Definition of socialite

: a socially prominent person

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Anna Delvey, the socialite who allegedly tricked the international party elite out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, will likely go down as one of the great scammers of our generation, or at least this summer. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Anna Delvey Wants You to Send Her Mail at Rikers," 28 June 2018 The cool young things designing it all—like Alessandra Rich (a major fave of British socialites), Alexandre Vauthier, and Attico—are creating pieces that are bursting with color, embellishments, and prints. Hannah Miller And Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "Eveningwear Is Cool Again," 2 Nov. 2018 In 1928 the women, with the backing of Los Angeles socialite Elizabeth McQueen, founded a professional organization, the Women’s International Association of Aeronautics. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "‘Fly Girls’ Review: Freedom of the Air," 9 Aug. 2018 O’Hara based his novel loosely on the sensational case of Starr Faithfull, a socialite who mysteriously died by drowning in 1931. Jamie James, WSJ, "‘John O’Hara: Four Novels of the 1930s’ Review: Big Fish in Small Towns," 3 Jan. 2019 Something about their hemispherical shape and sumptuous cushions conjures up an image of a Art Deco socialite in her Park Avenue apartment, swirling the olive in her 5th martini. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The 8 Most Inspiring Objects From Design Miami," 14 Dec. 2018 Cunanan wanted to travel in the highest echelons of society, clinking glasses with socialites and cavorting on yachts. Rachel Syme, New Republic, "FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” examines a lethal delusion.," 16 Feb. 2018 So one of her most satisfying creations was not a $20,000 dress for an upper-crust socialite but a mail-order catalog that aspired to deliver great quality at reasonable prices. Jesse Kornbluth, ELLE Decor, "Carolyne Roehm Is the O.G. Lifestyle Maven and Her New Book Shows Why She Still Inspires," 18 Oct. 2018 The 37-acre property, founded by Ganna Walska, a Polish opera singer and socialite, was developed over nearly 50 years and features a spectacular collection of exotic plants. Rosemary Mcclure,, "A weekend escape to Santa Barbara is still a wonder despite the fires and floods," 21 June 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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