ce·​leb·​u·​tante sə-ˈle-byu̇-ˌtänt How to pronounce celebutante (audio)
: a debutante who has attracted such media attention as to be considered a celebrity

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web By 20, Edelstein was so ubiquitous a celebutante that Maureen Dowd profiled her in the New York Times Magazine. Tom Teicholz, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022 But casting directors tried totypecast Murphy into roles similar to the frothy and (initially) shallow and self-seeking celebutante. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 16 June 2021 These two performances led to Love being a New York celebutante of sorts in the late ’80s. Lisawhill, Longreads, 9 July 2019 Amanda Lepore, the transsexual NYC celebutante known the world over for her extensive plastic surgeries, has made a career of turning out iconic looks and performing in clubs across the world. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 8 Mar. 2018

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Word History


blend of celebrity and debutante

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of celebutante was in 1939

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“Celebutante.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celebutante. Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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