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

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of demimonde in a Sentence

a documentary examining the demimonde to which homosexuals were relegated before the start of the gay rights movement
Recent Examples on the Web Finger and Weber talk for an hour or so, spelunking deep into the demimonde with convivial delight. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 Runyon’s sense of the racing demimonde, though, promises deeper pleasures on offer. Max Watman, WSJ, 28 May 2021 With the help of Sonny’s ex-partner, Marty MacChicken, a gun-loving agitator with keen intuition who plays the straight man to the sad-sack and dryly comedic Sonny, the Chicken Police delve into Clawville’s demimonde. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 Shawishes are the primary brokers between the demimonde of refugees and the aid workers, municipal officials, employers, security agents, and journalists who interact with them. Alexander Dziadosz, Harper's Magazine, 27 Oct. 2020 In its day, Cristina’s work was very much a product of its demimonde. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2020 Getty Images Michou, a flamboyant fixture of the Parisian demimonde who ran France’s most celebrated drag cabaret for more than a half-century, died on Sunday night in a hospital in Saint-Mandé, a suburb of Paris. Liz Alderman, New York Times, 27 Jan. 2020 The movie’s a character study of a scene, the Soviet rock demimonde of the early 1980s, with characters based on real people and a deep sense of inside baseball. Ty Burr,, 31 July 2019 The audience is welcomed into the scarlet (for passion) demimonde of Parisian’s legendarily scandalous nightclub: The signature windmill spins in the balcony, on the left, and the mascot elephant sits on the right. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 25 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'demimonde.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About demimonde

Time Traveler for demimonde

Time Traveler

The first known use of demimonde was in 1855

See more words from the same year

Statistics for demimonde

Last Updated

5 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Demimonde.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on demimonde

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for demimonde


Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!