plural noun

wealthy, famous, or glamorous people who attend fashionable events.

Origin of glitterati

1935–40; blend of glitter and literati Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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pl n

informal the leaders of society, esp the rich and beautiful; fashionable celebrities

Word Origin for glitterati

C20: from glitter + -ati as in literati
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Word Origin and History for glitterati

1956, from glitter, with a play on literati.

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