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


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


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