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 (dĕb′yo͝o-tänt′, dā′byo͞o-)
A young woman making a formal debut into society.

[French débutante, feminine present participle of débuter, to begin; see debut.]


(ˈdɛbjʊˌtɑːnt; -ˌtænt)
1. a young woman of upper-class background who is presented to society, usually at a formal ball
2. a girl or young woman regarded as being upper-class, wealthy, and of a frivolous or snobbish social set
[C19: from French, from débuter to lead off in a game, make one's first appearance; see debut]


or déb•u•tante

(ˈdɛb yʊˌtɑnt)

a young woman making a debut into society.
[1795–1805; < French; feminine of débutant]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.debutante - a young woman making her debut into societydebutante - a young woman making her debut into society
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"


débutante [ˈdebjuːtɑ̃ːnt] Njoven f que se presenta en sociedad, debutante f


[ˈdɛbjʊtɑːnt] ndébutante fdebut appearance n [actor, player] → première apparition fdebut single n [singer, group] → premier single m


nDebütantin f


[ˈdɛbjuːtɑːnt] ndebuttante f
References in classic literature ?
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It is the Lady Eva Blackwell, the most beautiful debutante of last season.
She was hissed off the stage by the audience, partly from her own incompetency, but chiefly from the ill-advised sympathy of some persons in the parquet, (where the officers of the garrison had their admissions); and Eaves was certain that the unfortunate debutante in question was no other than Mrs.
All our exclusive citizens will recall the Perambulator Parade Dinner, in which Last-Trick Todd, at his palatial home at Pilgrim's Pond, caused so many of our prominent debutantes to look even younger than their years.
Aged 23, an intern at UBS in New York, last week she was one of 46 young women from around the world who attended the International Debutante Ball and made her formal entrance into the upper echelons of American society.
The daughter of Galileo was described as "still a baby" when winning her Curragh debut in July and was so impressive less than a month later when landing the Group 2 Debutante Stakes that connections immediately suggested supplementing her for this early-closing Group 1.
Debutante Becky Shields also managed to get in on the scoring act with a fantastic jump shot after an assist from Harry Wright.
Zion Church in Worcester presented the Debutantes of Central Massachusetts Debutante Ball at the Manor Restaurant and Banquet Hall in West Boylston.
Maybe has carried all before her so far and has been especially convincing in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh two weeks ago.
Lee eventually becomes a sculptor, but Rodin's Debutante is just as much about the people and events who influence the young man's artistic path.
WILLIAM Douglas Home's romantic comedy The Reluctant Debutante (pictured) arrives in North Wales next week.
Mi Sueno, who won Saturday's $300,000 Grade I Darley Debutante at Del Mar under Michael Baze, has a grand recent tradition to live up to this fall.