vanity fair

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vanity fair a vain and frivolous lifestyle especially in large cities
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Vanity Fair the world as the scene of vanity or empty folly, the world of fashion, so named from the fair described in Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. vanus, empty.

Usage

In literature:

There were celebrities other than the author of "Vanity Fair" who sampled the quality of the Waddell hospitality.
"Fifth Avenue" by Arthur Bartlett Maurice
The old town was crowded like Vanity Fair.
"Guy Livingstone;" by George A. Lawrence
Yet the pagan spirit lives on in many forms, and finds an abiding place and home in Vanity Fair.
"Among Famous Books" by John Kelman
The new fragrant Vanity Fair Cigarettes.
"Scientific American, Volume 40, No. 13, March 29, 1879" by Various
The interior is like a mighty Vanity Fair.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero.
"Lavengro the Scholar - the Gypsy - the Priest" by George Borrow
Where fun was to be found William raised the auction and the highest bidder at the booths of vanity fair.
"Shakspere, Personal Recollections" by John A. Joyce
Fragrant Vanity Fair Tobacco and Cigarettes.
"Scientific American, Volume XLIII., No. 25, December 18, 1880" by Various
He knew that Faithful is brought to the stake in Vanity Fair more frequently than Talkative.
"All's Well" by Emily Sarah Holt
I do not know any short story which can take rank with 'Pere Goriot,' or 'Vanity Fair,' or 'David Copper-field.
"My Contemporaries In Fiction" by David Christie Murray
By William M. Thackeray, author of "Vanity Fair," "History of Pendennis," etc.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Vanity Fair all over!
"John Deane of Nottingham" by W.H.G. Kingston
But I tried at 'Vanity Fair;' and I am afraid I don't like it.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The society novel may bring before us, as in Thackeray's "Vanity Fair," what is known as fashionable life.
"Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism" by F. V. N. Painter
I didn't know what to say or do at first, and then he paid me such a compliment that I fairly tingled all over with vanity.
"Chinkie's Flat and Other Stories" by Louis Becke
The vision rose before him like a Vanity Fair.
"In The Boyhood of Lincoln" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Is Langdon Mitchell's version of "Vanity Fair" sufficiently a work of art to exist without the co-operation of Mrs. Fiske?
"The Merry-Go-Round" by Carl Van Vechten
The 'Fall of Becky Sharp,' taken from 'Vanity Fair,' has not been included without forethought.
"Gilbert Keith Chesterton" by Patrick Braybrooke
Into this Vanity Fair the young Marquis de Lafayette was now plunged.
"Lafayette" by Martha Foote Crow
The scene in the court rises to the level of the famous trial of Faithful in Vanity Fair.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
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In poetry:

And bickers on by sunlit hills,
Where Vanity Fair the passion fills,
And pompous pride in the breast instills
A new desire.
"Biographia" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
'What fairings will ye that I bring?'
Said the King to his daughters three;
'For I to Vanity Fair am bound,
Now say what shall they be?'
"The Singing Leaves" by James Russell Lowell
"The fourth, so light to lift, so fair to see,
Is filled to bursting with thy VANITY,
The vaporous breath that kept thy hopes alive
By counting one as five.
"But One Talent" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The Fair of Vanity has many a Booth
To sell its spangled Wares of Age and Youth;
And there have I beheld the Wordlings buy
Their Paris Gowns to clothe the Naked Truth.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
Well fare the pride, and the disdain,
And vanities, with beauty join'd;
I ne'er had seen this heart again,
If any fair-one had been kind:
My dove, but once let loose, I doubt
Would ne'er return, had not the flood been out.
"The Welcome" by Abraham Cowley
Let him who roams at vanity fair,
In robes that rival the tulip’s glare,
Think on the chaplet of leaves which round
His fading forehead will soon be bound;
Think on each dirge the priests will say
When his cold corse is borne away.
"Thoughts On Death (From The Swedish Of C. Lohman)" by George Borrow

In news:

Albert Brooks recalls a wild night with The Who in Vanity Fair.
Scientology is mad at Vanity Fair.
Vanity Fair/ Calvin Klein .
In Vanity Fair 's recent piece on Barack Obama, profiler Michael Lewis asked the president what he'd do if he had one day off from the presidency.
Michael Lewis scored a journalistic coup with the recent publication of the article "Obama's Way" in Vanity Fair.
Photographer Jonathan Becker's work has been featured in Vanity Fair since the magazine was revived in the early 1980s.
She has written for Vanity Fair, Foreign Policy, and The Huffington Post.
Vanity Fair and "60 Minutes" surveyed Americans on comedy and compiled the results.
Vanity Fair special correspondent Bryan Burrough discusses billionaire Steve Cohen, hedge fund manager and the founder of SAC Capital Advisors.
The exhibit was inspired by the series created by the magazine Vanity Fair in the 1930s.
We bring you some of the best celebrity covers by Vanity Fair that got popular for infamous reasons.
The Mexican beauty sizzled on the cover page of Vanity Fair's February 2003 issue.
But, wait -- on this year's ' Vanity Fair: Hollywood Issue'.
Vanity Fair's Take On Spitzer.
Latin singer Ricky Martin and his precious twins, Matteo and Valentino, 3, cover the April issue of the Spanish edition of Vanity Fair.
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