demimondaine

noun
demi·​mon·​daine | \ ˌde-mi-ˌmän-ˈdān How to pronounce demimondaine (audio) , -ˈmän-ˌdān, ˌde-mē- \

Definition of demimondaine

: a woman supported by a wealthy lover : a woman of the demimonde

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Review: ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ Offers a Party, and a Playlist, for the Ages," 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, "'A View of the Empire at Sunset' uses author Jean Rhys to explore 'otherness'," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of demimondaine

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for demimondaine

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

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“Demimondaine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demimondaine. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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