demimonde

noun demi·monde \ ˈde-mi-ˌmänd , -mē- \

Definition of demimonde

1 a : 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

  1. a documentary examining the demimonde to which homosexuals were relegated before the start of the gay rights movement

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Origin and Etymology of demimonde

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


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