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

  • I had seen Alessandro behind the barthe shaven head, the excellent posture, the Vanity Fair coolnessand thought he was the perfect fit for M&C, where sometimes you felt welcome, and at other times you were made to feel, well, that you were wearing the wrong style of shoes.

    The Italian Summer

  • There was Debra Silverstein, a hyperactive assistant copy editor at Vanity Fair and admitted Anglophile.

    Miss Misery

  • One of the defectors, a former Iraqi general, Jamal Abu Zeinab al-Qurairy, told Vanity Fair in January 2003 that he helped to train “non-Iraqi Islamic fundamentalists at the Salman Pak camp … to hijack aircraft with knives.”

    The Longest War

  • Long-lead press such as Vogue and Vanity Fair require exclusive photo shoots or interviews months before publication, and publicity must be prepared for this.

    The Movie Business Book, Third Edition

  • I tried to pry my hand out of hers, but she had a grip like a bouncer at the Vanity Fair post-Oscar party.

    The 310: Boy Trouble

  • Vanity Fair we shall not get from a woman, nor such an effort of imaginative history as Ivanhoe or Old Mortality; but Fielding,

    George Eliot; A Critical Study of Her Life, Writings and Philosophy

  • CLARE BOOTHE LUCE 1903—1987 held editorial positions on such magazines as Vogue and Vanity Fair during the early 1930s.

    All The Available Light

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