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

Definition of socialite

: a socially prominent person

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The satire, about a New York socialite who has a blasé reaction to her husband's death, is based on Patrick deWitt's novel of the same name. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sony Pictures Classics Nabs 'French Exit' With Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucas Hedges," 7 Sep. 2019 Before Donald Trump assumed the presidency, questions were asked about whether his daughter — a former socialite, real estate developer and fashion entrepreneur — would serve as de facto first lady. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Did President Trump confuse wife Melania with daughter Ivanka in comments about Kim Jong Un?," 27 Aug. 2019 According to neighbors here, the Paris-born, Oxford-educated, New York socialite moved into a $2.5 million home on a 1.5-acre parcel of land in Sharksmouth Estate some time after the home changed hands in 2016. Washington Post, "Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged co-conspirator lived a low-key life in a tony seaside town in New England, neighbors say," 16 Aug. 2019 There was a constant stream of YouTubers, Instagram socialites, and there were painters and directors and actors. Marcus Jones,, "Social House discusses their new Everything Changed... EP and working with Ariana Grande," 11 Aug. 2019 There’s a housewife played by Ginnifer Goodwin in the ‘60s, a socialite (Lucy Liu) in the ‘80s, and a lawyer (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) in 2019, each dealing with infidelity in their marriages. Paula Bernstein, Fortune, "What TV Shows to Watch This August: From ‘BH90210’ and ‘GLOW’ to ‘Mindhunter’ and More," 1 Aug. 2019 The actress, socialite, and fashion icon passed away Monday morning at the age of 95. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Anderson Cooper Shares a Loving Tribute to Mother Gloria Vanderbilt on Instagram," 18 June 2019 Heiress, artist, author, philanthropist, socialite, fashion designer: Gloria Vanderbilt was a multi-hyphenate if ever there was one. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Actress, Artist, and Philanthropist Gloria Vanderbilt Dies at 95," 17 June 2019 Among the regulars were prominent politicians, judges, diplomats and socialites. Ken Ward Jr., ProPublica, "Welcome to the Greenbrier, the Governor-Owned Luxury Resort Filled With Conflicts of Interest," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of socialite

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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