bathing beauty

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bathing beauty (plural bathing beauties)

  1. An attractive woman in a bathing suit.
    • 1933, Alfred Emanuel Smith, New Outlook, Outlook Publishing Company, Inc., page 30:
      It is a curious quality of the bathing beauty that there is no requirement of surf or lake in her experience.
    • 1976, David Lewis Cohn, The Good Old Days: A History of American Morals and Manners as Seen Through the Sears Roebuck Catalog, Ayer Publishing, ISBN 0405076800, page 206:
      And the very idea that a girl could ever at any time achieve fame and fortune by appearing almost naked in a bathing-beauty contest and not only escape the brand of the scarlet woman but actually receive the accolade of her contemporaries' esteem and envy, would have caused her to swoon.
    • 1992, Armando Riverol, Live from Atlantic City: The History of the Miss America Pageant Before, After and in Spite of Television, Popular Press, ISBN 0-87972-558-3, page 9:
      The time for the bathing beauty had arrived. Botticelli's Venus, born of the salty brine, was dressed in nothing but splendor.

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