vanity fair

Use the noun vanity fair when you're describing someone's over-the-top urban lifestyle, especially if the person has plenty of money and spends it on expensive entertainment and food.

Perhaps you thought it was a glossy magazine, not a life of frivolity. Well it's all that, but in 1678 it was a stop in John Bunyan's allegorical story "The Pilgrim's Progress," a never-ending fair in a town called Vanity. After that, "Vanity Fair" was a widely-read novel in the 19th century by William Makepeace Thackeray, the title of several films, and finally the name of both British and American magazines.

Definitions of vanity fair

n a vain and frivolous lifestyle especially in large cities

Type of:
life style, life-style, lifestyle, modus vivendi
a manner of living that reflects the person's values and attitudes

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