vanity fair

noun, often capitalized V&F

Definition of vanity fair

: a scene or place characterized by frivolity and ostentation

First Known Use of vanity fair

1754, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vanity fair

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 Jan. 2021.

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