so·​cial·​ite ˈsō-shə-ˌlīt How to pronounce socialite (audio)
: a socially prominent person

Examples of socialite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another will be devoted to Millicent Rogers, the early-20th-century socialite and philanthropist. Nathan Heller, Vogue, 17 Apr. 2024 When a transport of young white heiresses as part of a sting goes awry, the brothers decide to pose as the socialites during a weekend jaunt in the Hamptons themselves. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 5 Apr. 2024 Yet some of the most storied jewels are brooches, among them designs like the French jeweler Jean Schlumberger’s Bird on a Rock, introduced in 1965 and bought soon after by the taste-making American socialite and heiress Bunny Mellon. Guy Trebay, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2024 With 25 charter members, Heterodoxy included individuals of diverse backgrounds, including lesbian and bisexual women, labor radicals and socialites, and artists and nurses. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Mar. 2024 There is also wealthy socialite Dinah Donahue (Leslie Bibb), who will use any opportunity to get Evelyn out of her way. Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 18 Mar. 2024 The socialite shared an Instagram carousel featuring the mother-daughter duo's past and present moments together. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 14 Mar. 2024 The Oscar winner stars as a colorful, 1960s socialite in the new Apple TV+ comedy Allison Janney vividly recalls visiting her grandmother on Long Island as a child and watching her sashay around her beach club. Julie Jordan, Peoplemag, 20 Mar. 2024 Libra: September 23 – October 22 True aesthetes at heart, Libras are the lovers, chameleons, and socialites of the Zodiac. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, 13 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of socialite was in 1909

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“Socialite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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so·​cial·​ite ˈsō-shə-ˌlīt How to pronounce socialite (audio)
: a person well-known in fashionable society

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