gri·​sette gri-ˈzet How to pronounce grisette (audio)
: a young French working-class woman
: a young woman combining part-time prostitution with some other occupation

Examples of grisette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anne Hathaway—who has played the doomed grisette and has the Best Supporting Actress Oscar to prove it—does not seem to care about any of this. Daniel Rodgers, Vogue, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History


French, grisette, cheap unbleached cloth, from gris

First Known Use

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of grisette was in 1723

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“Grisette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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