beauty contest
noun Date: 1899 1. an assemblage of girls or women at which judges select the most beautiful — called also beauty pageant 2. a presidential primary election in which the popular vote does not determine the number of convention delegates a candidate receives

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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