Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A place or scene of ostentation or empty, idle amusement and frivolity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a vain and frivolous lifestyle especially in large cities

Etymologies

From Vanity Fair, the fair in Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A few months later, in 1913, he paid $3,000 for a musty British social, literary, and political review titled Vanity Fair, named after both the sinful place in John Bunyan's 17th-century allegory The Pilgrim's Progress and William Makepeace Thackeray's 19th-century satirical novel.

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  • The Nation is in Section G, a little better than The New Republic and The New Yorker, which are both in Section H, and far better than Vanity Fair, which is stuck in the back row in Section J.

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  • Still awaiting their turn are titles including Vanity Fair, which is due to relaunch next month, Lucky, Teen Vogue and The New Yorker.

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  • On Monday, August 7, an individual from the public-relations firm Citigate Sard Verbinnen called Vanity Fair, saying it represented Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Marshall and would like to offer me an exclusive interview with the couple, who felt they were being maligned in the press and wanted to tell their side of the story.

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  • He called Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter "a great maestro, the Toscanini of the magazine."

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  • Poor W. M. Thackeray finally gets his say in with Vanity Fair, which is at #373.

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  • HITCHENS: Conde Nast was an individual, a great publisher and designer, and he started the family of magazines that we associate with Vogue, Vanity Fair, which is its flagship, a travel magazine called Conde Nast Traveler, the New Yorker, the core of American magazine life, now run by the Newhouse family.

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  • Thackeray's is well-established in the Grade II listed house of William Makepeace Thackeray, the celebrated 19th century novelist who wrote Vanity Fair, which is set back on a green off London Road in Tunbridge Wells.

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  • The list is in the March issue of Vanity Fair, which is on sale now.

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  • In the middle of the town is a fair called Vanity Fair because all sorts of vanity are sold there.

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