deb·​u·​tante | \ˈde-byu̇-ˌtänt \

Definition of debutante 

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

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But bankers and analysts said many of the biggest potential market debutantes would likely sit on the sidelines for another year, having already raised enormous sums in the private markets. Michael J. De La Merced, New York Times, "Dropbox Is Said to Be Planning to Go Public This Year," 11 Jan. 2018 After the last debutante made her way around the floor, the young ladies did an in-unison curtsy, followed by the first dance with fathers or family escorts to music from Deacon John, who played for the rest of the night. Sue Strachan,, "Mid-Winter Cotillion presents 20 debutantes in 2017," 6 Jan. 2018 Club debutantes and members also waltzed, with members then waltzing with their wives or dates. Sue Strachan,, "Kaitlyn August honored an 'Arabian Nights'-themed party," 3 Feb. 2018 These were not the leaps of imagination friends and family might have expected decades ago from Dorothy Quincy Warren, a debutante who was known to all as Doffie. Bryan Marquard,, "Doffie Arnold, an artist whose canvases sparkled with energy, dies at 94," 6 July 2018 The Group G contenders touched down in St Petersburg on Tuesday afternoon when with Southgate's men set to take on Tunisia in their opening match, before facing debutantes Panama and 2014 quarter finalists Belgium., "Gareth Southgate Confirms Marcus Rashford Has Sustained an Injury Ahead of the World Cup," 12 June 2018 Shannon Harvey, co-chair, shared that the girls who are involved to the ball today are called honorees rather than debutantes. Alyssa Alfano,, "60th Medina County Leadership Ball to celebrate students," 20 Feb. 2018 According to the website Tennis Abstract, Buzarnescu was the third-oldest player to make her top 100 debut since 1987, a full nine years older than the average age of a top-100 debutante. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Mihaela Buzarnescu, Ph.D., Claims Biggest Upset of the French Open," 1 June 2018 The 41st Le Cotillion Presentation Ball was held Saturday (Jan. 6) at the Northshore Harbor Center, with 10 debutantes earning applause in Slidell. Carol Wolfram,, "Le Cotillion presents 10 debutantes in Slidell," 14 Jan. 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of debutante

: a young woman making her debut

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