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beauty contest

noun
  1. a competition in which the entrants, usually women, are judged as to physical beauty and sometimes personality and talent, with the winners awarded prizes or titles.
  2. Informal. any contest, election, etc., that is decided on the basis of popularity.
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Origin of beauty contest

First recorded in 1895–1900
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  • Her brains were not marceled for a beauty-contest with her rival.

    We Can't Have Everything

    Rupert Hughes


British Dictionary definitions for beauty contest

beauty contest

noun
  1. a competition in which the participants, usually women, are judged on their attractiveness, with a prize, and often a title, awarded to the winner
  2. informal any contest decided on the basis of superficial attractiveness, popularity, etcthe referendum might turn into a party political beauty contest
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