- (in Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress) a fair that goes on perpetually in the town of Vanity and symbolizes worldly ostentation and frivolity.
- (often lowercase) any place or group, as the world or fashionable society, characterized by or displaying a preoccupation with idle pleasures or ostentation.
- (italics) a novel (1847–48) by Thackeray.
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- (often not capitals) literary the social life of a community, esp of a great city, or the world in general, considered as symbolizing worldly frivolity
Word Origin for Vanity Fair
from Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress
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