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 The Lady of the House Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite who once jet-setted around the world with the mysterious multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein, finds herself at the center of a massive global scandal. ABC News, "'Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein' podcast, two-hour ABC News special on Epstein and women who survived his crimes," 13 Feb. 2020 Fans of The Good Place known Tahani Al-Jamil as the self-flattering socialite who receives endless compliments on her stunning looks. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "'The Good Place' Star Jameela Jamil Loves To Do Zumba, But Not For the Reasons You May Think," 7 Feb. 2020 The British socialite has kept a low profile since Epstein's arrest last summer. John Gage, Washington Examiner, "Ghislaine Maxwell emails hacked and could expose Epstein associates," 23 Jan. 2020 His presumed replacement, John Malkovich as the British socialite Cardinal John Brannox, cuts a marked contrast: delicate, cerebral, hesitant. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The New Pope’s Old Magic," 8 Jan. 2020 The business's repeat client list includes fashion designers, socialites and celebrities, according to a permit application the company filed with the city. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mequon shuts down consignment store for zoning violation," 9 Mar. 2020 Here, Hazlett plays against type as the brash, provincial American socialite Helen Hubbard; the actress even gets to dance a few steps of the Charleston. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Thinking of seeing 'Murder on the Orient Express’ at Everyman Theatre? 3 pros and cons of going.," 11 Dec. 2019 The socialite, 44, was noticeably absent from costar Sonja Morgan‘s photos from the vacation with Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Dorinda Medley and new Housewife Leah McSweeney. Eric Todisco,, "Tinsley Mortimer Skips RHONY Trip to Mexico After Rumors That She Quit Show," 5 Dec. 2019 Previously, the show had presented the former King Edward VIII as a selfish fool, whose abdication thrust the unprepared King George VI and his family into the spotlight, a lackadaisical socialite, and a treasonous Nazi supporter. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Inside Prince Charles's Relationship with the Duke of Windsor," 23 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of socialite

1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Socialite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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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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