demimonde


demi·monde

noun \ˈde-mi-ˌmänd, -mē-\

Definition of DEMIMONDE

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
:  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

  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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