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demimonde

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noun demi·monde \ˈde-mi-ˌmänd, -mē-\

Definition of demimonde

  1. 1 a :  a class of women on the fringes of respectable society supported by wealthy lovers; also :  their world b :  the world of prostitution

  2. 2 :  a distinct circle or world that is often an isolated part of a larger world <a night in the disco demimonde>; especially :  one having low reputation or prestige



Examples of demimonde in a sentence

  1. <a documentary examining the demimonde to which homosexuals were relegated before the start of the gay rights movement>



Origin of demimonde

French demi-monde, from demi- + monde world, from Latin mundus


First Known Use: 1855


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