Definitions for socialiteˈsoʊ ʃəˌlaɪt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a socially prominent person.
Origin of socialite:
a socially prominent person
a person (more often a woman) of social prominence, considered to be an influential figure
a person who goes to fashionable parties and is often written about in the newspapers, etc.
A socialite is someone who participates in social activities and spends a significant amount of time entertaining and being entertained at fashionable events attended by others of similar standing. American Members of The Establishment, or an American "Society" based on birth, breeding, education, and economic standing, were originally listed in the Social Register, a directory of the names and addresses of the "preferred social contacts" of the prominent families in the 19th century. In 1886, Louis Keller started to consolidate these lists and package them for sale.
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