- a competition in which the entrants, usually women, are judged as to physical beauty and sometimes personality and talent, with the winners awarded prizes or titles.
- Informal. any contest, election, etc., that is decided on the basis of popularity.
- a competition in which the participants, usually women, are judged on their attractiveness, with a prize, and often a title, awarded to the winner
- informal any contest decided on the basis of superficial attractiveness, popularity, etcthe referendum might turn into a party political beauty contest