deb·​u·​tante | \ ˈde-byu̇-ˌtänt How to pronounce debutante (audio) \

Definition of debutante

: one making a debut (see debut entry 1) : debutant especially : a young woman making her formal entrance into society

Examples of debutante in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Netflix’s eight-part series focuses primarily on the love affair between Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dyenevor), London’s newest and most pursued debutante, and Simon Bassett (Regé-Jean Page), the rakish Duke of Hastings. Time, "Everything to Know About the Bridgerton Books Behind Netflix's Buzzy New Period Drama," 25 Dec. 2020 Noemí, a glamorous debutante, leaves cosmopolitan Mexico City to travel to a remote estate called High Place after receiving a strange and frantic letter from her newlywed cousin. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "Start reading more in 2021 with Amazon’s best books of 2020," 22 Dec. 2020 Like Wharton’s famed debutante, Ivy aims to marry into wealth. Washington Post, "Susie Yang’s ‘White Ivy’ is an entertaining character study of a social climber with a secret," 5 Nov. 2020 Tall and slender, her golden hair piled on top of her head, many commented on her beauty as a debutante. Susan Butler, WSJ, "‘Eleanor’ Review: First Lady of the World," 1 Oct. 2020 Kaleta Doolin could easily have become a Dallas debutante. Rick Brettell, Dallas News, "Meet Dallas’ Kaleta Doolin, a quiet titan for the recognition of women artists," 23 July 2020 There was, of course, a sense of exclusivity: The debutantes were interviewed and chosen on the basis of education, accomplishment and background. James Barron, New York Times, "The Debutante Ball in the Age of Instagram," 13 Feb. 2020 Peopled by debutantes, crusty aristocrats and crumbling piles, its pages give the impression there is nothing in life so serious as a ball. The Economist, "Glitz-krieg," 18 Apr. 2020 In 1940, the 18-year-old debutante joined a covert project at Bletchley Park, headquarters for Allied military codebreaking. Time, "1941: Jane Fawcett and the Codebreakers," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of debutante

1801, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for debutante

French débutante, feminine of débutant — see debutant

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The first known use of debutante was in 1801

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9 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Debutante.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of debutante

: a young upper-class woman who has begun going to special parties where she will meet and be seen by other people from the upper class


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Kids Definition of debutante

: a young woman making her debut

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