1754, in the meaning defined above
after Vanity-Fair, a fair held in the frivolous town of Vanity in Pilgrim's Progress (1678) by John Bunyan
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“Vanity fair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vanity%20fair. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.
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