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Definition of the Miss America pageant from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the Miss America pageant

 
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a US contest to choose the most beautiful American woman who can also sing, dance, act, etc. It was first held in 1921 and has been a popular television event since 1954. The pageant has sometimes been criticized as an insult to women.