Definition of bright young thing in English:

bright young thing


  • An enthusiastic, ambitious, and self-consciously fashionable young person, a term originally applied in the 1920s to a member of a young fashionable set noted for exuberant and outrageous behaviour.

    ‘his mansion in Los Angeles was a magnet for the bright young things of Hollywood’
    • ‘Alongside their real life stories we'll discover if today's bright young things can do it - old style.’
    • ‘When they were told that the paper's workforce had gone on strike, these bright young things were dumbfounded.’
    • ‘Mortimer certainly qualifies as a bright young thing.’
    • ‘It's the era of the bright young thing again and the ultra feminine look suits them down to the toes.’
    • ‘The bright young things behind the bar are clearly still befuddled by the complicated computer tills.’
    • ‘The event will see the designer giving advice to those bright young things who want to follow in his footsteps.’
    fop, beau, man about town, bright young thing, glamour boy, rake
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bright young thing