demimonde

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n demimonde a class of woman not considered respectable because of indiscreet or promiscuous behavior
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Demimonde Persons of doubtful reputation; esp., women who are kept as mistresses, though not public prostitutes; demireps.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n demimonde A term introduced by Alexandre Dumas the younger to denote (as defined by himself) that class of women who occupy an equivocal position between women of good reputation and social standing on the one hand and courtezans on the other; women of equivocal reputation and standing in society.
    • n demimonde Commonly, but less correctly, courtezans in general.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F.; demi, + monde, world, L. mundus,

Usage


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