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

Definition of socialite

: a socially prominent person

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Named after the island off central Cuba, the rum bar’s design is a nod to pre-revolution Cuban high life, a period when tourism was taking off and the country’s capital city was a playground for socialites and celebrities. Shauna Stuart |,, "In Founder’s Station, Cayo Coco Rum Bar & Restaurante is a nod to Cuba’s pre-revolution high life," 12 July 2019 Embarrassing’ on Watch What Happens Live The Simple Life aired from 2003 to 2007, and starred Hilton alongside BFF Nicole Richie, 37 — the two socialites hilariously traveled the country together and famously immersed themselves in rural living. Dave Quinn,, "Paris Hilton Shut Downs Rumors of a Simple Life Reboot with Lindsay Lohan," 26 June 2019 In Memoriam Gloria Vanderbilt — the glamorous Manhattan socialite from one of the nation's wealthiest families, who was as well-known for her eponymous brand of jeans as her genes — died Monday. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Facebook unveils cryptocurrency 'Libra,' more U.S. troops to Middle East & Jon Stewart: The Morning Rundown," 18 June 2019 Vanderbilt was an iconic fashion designer, socialite and artist. Sophie Sherry And Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "Gloria Vanderbilt's death sparks celebrity tributes from Andy Cohen, Cher, and more," 18 June 2019 Dacosta says, referring to the only child of Fleming and his British socialite wife, Ann Charteris. Norma Meyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "James Bond’s Jamaican roots," 13 June 2019 Records show the house was once owned by famed Houston socialite Carolyn Farb in the late 1980s. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "River Oaks home once listed at $16.95 million hits the market at $9.9 million," 5 June 2019 In 1968, New York socialite Nan Kempner famously turned up at Le Cirque in pants. Dina Litovsky, National Geographic, "Gender-bending fashion rewrites the rules of who wears what," 20 Mar. 2019 The socialite was known for her exquisite taste in style and interiors, even embarking on a career as an interior decorator at one point. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Carole Radziwill Remembers Her Late Mother-in-Law Lee Radziwill," 19 Feb. 2019

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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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