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glitterati

[glit-uh-rah-tee] /ˌglɪt əˈrɑ ti/
plural noun
1.
wealthy or famous people who conspicuously or ostentatiously attend fashionable events.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; blend of glitter and literati
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Examples from the web for glitterati
  • If you're more literati than glitterati, this stylish charmer is for you.
  • But don't overdo it-the public is wiser than the glitterati, and will soon scent a crude attempt to buy popularity.
  • He was greeted with warm applause by a crowd filled with baseball glitterati.
  • The glitterati of the art scene were due to attend, as the hostess had connections to all the dealers, artists and buyers.
British Dictionary definitions for glitterati

glitterati

/ˌɡlɪtəˈrɑːtiː/
plural noun
1.
(informal) the leaders of society, esp the rich and beautiful; fashionable celebrities
Word Origin
C20: from glitter + -ati as in literati
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Word Origin and History for glitterati
n.

1956, from glitter, with a play on literati.

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