Definition of beauty contest noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    beauty contest

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  1. 1a competition to choose the most beautiful from a group of women compare pageant
  2. 2 a contest between competing companies or political candidates that depends heavily on presentation The city will award four telecommunications contracts in a beauty contest next year. The license to operate the television company will be awarded via a hybrid of an auction and a beauty contest.
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