demi·​monde | \ ˈde-mi-ˌmänd How to pronounce demimonde (audio) , ˈde-mē- \

Definition of demimonde

1a : a class of women on the fringes of respectable society supported by wealthy lovers also : their world
b : the world of prostitution
2 : a distinct circle or world that is often an isolated part of a larger world a night in the disco demimonde especially : one having low reputation or prestige

Examples of demimonde in a Sentence

a documentary examining the demimonde to which homosexuals were relegated before the start of the gay rights movement
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First Known Use of demimonde

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for demimonde

French demi-monde, from demi- + monde world, from Latin mundus

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“Demimonde.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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