Definition of beauty contest in US English:

beauty contest


  • 1A competition for a prize given to the woman judged the most beautiful.

    • ‘He is saying that they favour Caucasians too much and he is not impressed when they select a black woman to win an international beauty contest, like they did when Fitzwilliam was selected winner of Miss Universe.’
    • ‘Neither Villasin nor Elizabeth Lofranco, another actress who sits in on the interview, have ever actually been in a beauty contest, but both say that, growing up Filipino-Canadian, the pressure was there.’
    • ‘I was rather chuffed when the sales ladies at Qatar Airways told Ed my beauty is for a beauty contest.’
    • ‘From the moment that I learned of sectarian opposition to the female Universe version being held in Nigeria, it became something other than a beauty contest and assumed serious sociopolitical dimensions.’
    • ‘After successfully holding the ‘Miss Shanghai Tourism’ event during the last Tourism Festival, the 2003 beauty contest will open in March and the winner named in September.’
    • ‘Also that year, Tao participated in the 43rd Miss World Contest, the first time a contestant from China's mainland had participated in a world beauty contest.’
    • ‘Ironically this year, the winner of this African beauty contest comes from the United States and has never been to the continent before.’
    • ‘The talent routines, introduced in 1935 to help make Miss America something more than a beauty contest, became mandatory in 1938 and have been ever since.’
    • ‘Fashion designer and choreographer, Pranav, from Holland who groomed contestants for many a beauty contest is associated with the workshop too.’
    • ‘Some years ago the Black Expo invited Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson to judge their beauty contest.’
    • ‘I write from the personal position of someone once a model and beauty contest winner.’
    • ‘He related the history of the beauty contest, saying that the earliest contest in modern times was organized for some prince so he could select a woman, and later, hotel owners organized events to keep customers.’
    • ‘Last month, Millionaire relegated TVB's Miss Hong Kong pageant to ratings runner-up for the first time in the beauty contest's 28-year history.’
    • ‘I wonder if Mad Bull would wish to have a photo of this beauty contest winner in his Natural Beauty section?’
    • ‘The war began after the Trojan prince Paris was promised that he would marry the prettiest woman in the world after he judged Aphrodite to be the winner in a divine beauty contest.’
    • ‘With the 18 beautiful women modelling four different outfits and performing for an hour and a half, the preliminary contest for Miss Universe 2002 in Shanghai looked more like a fashion show than a beauty contest.’
    • ‘A beauty contest winner in her teens, she was signed by 20th Century-Fox and soon shot to movie stardom.’
    • ‘At Zeus' command Paris had been the judge at a beauty contest and had to choose which of the goddesses Hera, Athene, or Aphrodite was the fairest.’
    • ‘Some fanatics might say entering a beauty contest is the wrong thing to do because you are putting yourself up to be judged by your physical appearance but my family supports me.’
    • ‘The latest beauty contest winners to step onto the Bollywood stage are the reining Miss World and her predecessor.’
    1. 1.1informal A contest between rival institutions or political candidates that depends heavily on presentation.
      • ‘With the exception of European elections, where Paisley has always topped the poll in a province-wide beauty contest, the DUP has never overtaken the UUP in a significant election.’
      • ‘Because it does not weigh all the inputs included in a DCF model, ratio-based valuation acts more like a beauty contest: stocks are compared to each other rather than judged on intrinsic value.’
      • ‘Ms Doyle believes the beauty contest will deliver four quality operators to the Irish market with 3G roll-out beginning in early 2004.’
      • ‘In this political season, where men on both sides of the Atlantic are frantically offering themselves up for public approval - a beauty contest for unlovely people - it seems right to ask: what makes a good politician?’
      • ‘The Democratic contest is a beauty contest, very, very confusing kind of primary.’
      • ‘Supposing, Larry, that at the end of the evening, he wins New York and wins the beauty contest in California, if he doesn't get the delegates, he's still got a case.’
      • ‘There will be even less emphasis on political principles, and even more on the politics of ‘personality’, reducing the struggle for power to a sad beauty contest to see which party leader has the more honest-looking face.’
      • ‘As he said, the stakes are high in the beauty contest for government assistance in the private sector because it's a global competition.’
      • ‘Local councillor Macdonald added: ‘What we have here seems to be a beauty contest rather than a structured evaluation of each option on which residents and members can make an informed choice.’’
      • ‘Sinn Fein and the IRA may have been procrastinating unreasonably in the decommissioning process, but in the bestial beauty contest between loyalism and republicanism, they are emerging as the least offensive.’
      • ‘Why is the beauty contest critical if it's a winner take all as far as Republican voters are concerned?’
      • ‘Nor are they a beauty contest between the three options with the winner being the council's adopted plan.’
      • ‘We will have to enter a beauty contest run by the cabinet.’
      • ‘The result is a corporate climate where management of our large companies is deferred into a beauty contest for the markets - increased profits, dividends and growth at any cost.’
      • ‘In the case of Morrisons we are not going to roll over and do the billionaire's bidding and we do not expect other trade unions to take part in a beauty contest for our members.’


beauty contest

/ˈbjudi ˌkɑnˌtɛst/