vanity fair


often capitalized V&F
: a scene or place characterized by frivolity and ostentation

Examples of vanity fair in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not the magazine, but vanity fair, the idea of it. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, 24 Aug. 2020

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Word History


after Vanity-Fair, a fair held in the frivolous town of Vanity in Pilgrim's Progress (1678) by John Bunyan

First Known Use

1754, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vanity fair was in 1754

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“Vanity fair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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