beauty contest

beauty contest

noun
1.
a competition in which the entrants, usually women, are judged as to physical beauty and sometimes personality and talent, with the winners awarded prizes or titles.
2.
Informal. any contest, election, etc., that is decided on the basis of popularity.

Origin:
1895–1900

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beauty contest
 
n
1.  a competition in which the participants, usually women, are judged on their attractiveness, with a prize, and often a title, awarded to the winner
2.  informal any contest decided on the basis of superficial attractiveness, popularity, etc: the referendum might turn into a party political beauty contest

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Main Entry:  beauty contest1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a competition for a prize based on judgment of beauty
Main Entry:  beauty contest2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  any competition based on judgment of the best presentation
Main Entry:  beauty contest
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See beauty pageant
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