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 An Oklahoman bound for Vietnam falls in love with a New York debutante and discovers the Age of Aquarius with hippies in Central Park. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019," 22 Sep. 2019 The timing couldn’t be better for Uber and its fellow debutantes. Washington Post, "Investors Catch Can’t-Lose Fever Just in Time for Hot IPOs," 19 Sep. 2019 The Boston Pearl Foundation and the Psi Omega chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority introduced 10 debutantes to society and awarded $45,000 in scholarships this month at an annual cotillion in Randolph. Amanda Kaufman,, "Ten debutantes presented to society at Psi Omega cotillion," 11 June 2019 Talented comedian Sarah Errington makes every one of her characters memorable, including the scatting Mindy’s waitress Zelma, snobbish debutante Valeria and a kooky nightclub dancer. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Dice’ at North Coast Rep is charming and nostalgic but score needs work," 15 July 2019 Although none of the four World Cup debutantes — Chile, South Africa, Scotland and Jamaica — survived the group stage, for the first time two African teams, Nigeria and Cameroon, made the round of 16. Kevin Baxter,, "Soccer! U.S.-France is the match everyone was waiting for," 25 June 2019 In company with the once-famous debutante Brenda Frazier, Vivian goes to 52nd Street to hear Louis Prima, and hangs out with her aunt’s showgirls at Toots Shor’s, El Morocco and the Stork Club. David Gates, New York Times, "Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘City of Girls’ Delivers a Love- and Booze-Filled Romp Through 1940s New York," 1 June 2019 The Line of Duty star plays the rebellious Eloise Bridgerton who has little interest in being a debutante. Marcus Jones,, "Meet the cast joining Julie Andrews on Bridgerton, a new show from Shondaland and Netflix," 10 July 2019 The new debutantes are Alea Turner, Allyson Michelle Christian, Amari Turner, Brynae Hall, Dallas Paige Rachal, Ellisya Marie Lindsey, Gabriella Renee Lunceford, Jacinthe Marlow, Laila Marie Polk-Thomas, and Nia Simone Simpson. Amanda Kaufman,, "Ten debutantes presented to society at Psi Omega cotillion," 11 June 2019

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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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19 Nov 2019

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The first known use of debutante was in 1801

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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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