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[glit-uh-rah-tee] /ˌglɪt əˈrɑ ti/
plural noun
wealthy or famous people who conspicuously or ostentatiously attend fashionable events.
Origin of glitterati
1935-40; blend of glitter and literati Unabridged
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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


plural noun
(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

1956, from glitter, with a play on literati.

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