demimondaine

noun

demi·​mon·​daine ˌde-mi-ˌmän-ˈdān How to pronounce demimondaine (audio)
-ˈmän-ˌdān,
ˌde-mē-
: a woman supported by a wealthy lover : a woman of the demimonde

Examples of demimondaine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To this day, she’s drawn to the bruise of blue that belies the kittenish blush, the tension between the girl next door and the demimondaine, who are not so far apart, who may even be one. Susan Dominus Photographs By Joshua Kissi Styled By Ian Bradley Sasha Weiss Photographs By Collier Schorr Styled By Jay Massacret Megan O’Grady Portrait By Mickalene Thomas and Racquel Chevremont Ligaya Mishan Photographs By Tina Barney, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2021 The object of Christian’s adoration is Satine, a nightclub chanteuse and demimondaine, almost past her prime and riddled with consumption. Ben Brantley, New York Times, 25 July 2019 Rather than a consistent narrative style, Phillips shapes the prose to reflect the stages of her life, from the powerless demimondaine to the outspoken feminist writer. Joan Gaylord, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 June 2018

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Word History

Etymology

French demi-mondaine, from feminine of demi-mondain, from demi-monde

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of demimondaine was in 1894

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“Demimondaine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demimondaine. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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