socialite

[soh-shuh-lahyt]

noun

a socially prominent person.

Nearby words

  1. socialist labor party,
  2. socialist parties,
  3. socialist party,
  4. socialist realism,
  5. socialistic,
  6. sociality,
  7. socialization,
  8. socialize,
  9. socialized medicine,
  10. socially

Origin of socialite

First recorded in 1925–30; social + -ite1

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British Dictionary definitions for socialite

socialite

noun

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

socialite

n.

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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