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 The Bengals are the debutante, coming out a year before the ball. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 6 Jan. 2022 But his first trip up the museum’s famous staircase – with fellow Met debutante Jordan Alexander – was a volte-face from his usual explosive old-school salon sensibility. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 13 Sep. 2021 Phoebe Dynevor, who plays Daphne, was photographed in her formal garb, as was returning cast member Jessica Madsen, who played Daphne Bridgerton's rival debutante, Cressida Cowper. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 19 July 2021 The Chelsea that was champion of Europe in 2012 was managed by Roberto Di Matteo, who won the trophy without his captain and with a debutante left back. New York Times, 29 May 2021 The lives of high schoolers, a debutante and others overlap in a dying 1950s Texas town. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 This is the story of a beautiful teenage debutante from New Orleans who was diagnosed with leprosy and entered Carville hospital in Louisiana in the 1920s. Chris Smith | Contributing Writer,, 22 Jan. 2021 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, 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, 22 Dec. 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 2022

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“Debutante.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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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


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

Kids Definition of debutante

: a young woman making her debut


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