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Examples of demure in a Sentence
So even if you think you've moved past your reputation as The Rebel, two minutes after getting together with your more demure sister, you're likely to fall back into that hell-raiser role. —Jessica Mehalic, Cosmopolitan, August 2001
It looked as though the dress and capelet were one piece. It created a demure look, but if you take off the capelet, it's a seductive strapless dress. —Elizabeth Hayt, Vogue, December 1999
I made a lot of friends at Les Tourelles with whom I have kept in touch over the years. There was one darling little girl, much younger than the rest of us, who was sweet, demure, and quiet, with beautiful long hair like Alice in Wonderland. —Anna Russell, I'm Not Making This Up, You Know, 1985
She was wearing a demure gray suit.
the demure charm of the cottage
Recent Examples of demure from the Web
The costume is wrong and the image creates a myth Austen was a demure spinster and not a deep-thinking author.
The department store’s selection is unparalleled: Peruse sultry options from high-end companies like Wacoal and Chantelle (both of which go up to size 44H) as well as more demure offerings from Calvin Klein and Natori.
But proper skirts and demure blouses were expected, along with dresses.
Schumer is rumored to be negotiating to play Corky, the wife in the more demure of the two couples having a unpredictable dinner party in the play.
Otherwise, the Warriors superstar mostly witnessed the celebration in pretty demure fashion — seemingly awestruck by the parade and the fans.
The creative threesome with writer-director David O. Russell and the never demure Bradley Cooper—
Compared with violent incidents that were a function of Islamic terrorism, the demure @POTUS tweet was remarkably late.
As the 70th edition of the annual Cannes Film Festival comes to a close, Billboard Style takes a closer look at Rihanna’s decidedly demure choices for her turn at the festivities.
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Did You Know?
Demure has essentially remained unchanged in meaning since at least the 14th century. Its first recorded use in our language dates from the Middle English period (roughly the 12th to 15th centuries), a time when the native tongue of England was borrowing many new words from the French spoken by the Normans who gained control of the country after the Battle of Hastings. Demure might have been part of the French cultural exchange; etymologists think it may have derived from the Anglo-French verb demorer or demourer, meaning "to linger." During Shakespeare's time, demure was briefly used in English as a verb meaning "to look demurely," but only the older adjective form has survived to the present day.
Origin and Etymology of demure
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
DEMURE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of demure for English Language Learners
: quiet and polite
: not attracting or demanding a lot of attention : not showy or flashy
DEMURE Defined for Kids
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