Definition of beauty contest noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    beauty contest

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  1. 1a competition to choose the most beautiful from a group of women compare pageant
  2. 2(US English beauty parade) an occasion on which several competing companies or people try to persuade somebody to use their services Ireland is to award four telecommunications licences in a beauty contest next year. The licence to operate the Digital Terrestrial Television retail company will be awarded via a hybrid of an auction and a beauty parade.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: beauty contest