a socially prominent person.

Origin of socialite

First recorded in 1925–30; social + -ite1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for socialite

debutante, patrician, noble, deb, Brahmin, gentleperson

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British Dictionary definitions for socialite



a person who is or seeks to be prominent in fashionable society
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Word Origin and History for socialite

1928, first in "Time" magazine, from social (adj.) in the "pertaining to high society" sense, perhaps as a play on social light, in imitation of words in -ite (1).

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