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 (dĕm′ē-mŏn-dān′, -mŏn′dān′)
A woman belonging to the demimonde.

[French, from demi-monde, demimonde; see demimonde.]


(ˌdɛmɪˈmɒndeɪn; French dəmimɔ̃dɛn)
(Sociology) a woman of the demimonde
[C19: from French]


(ˌdɛm i mɒnˈdeɪn)

a woman who belongs to the demimonde.
[1890–95; < French, =demimonde demimonde]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.demimondaine - a woman whose sexual promiscuity places her outside respectable society
demimonde - a class of woman not considered respectable because of indiscreet or promiscuous behavior
bawd, cocotte, cyprian, fancy woman, harlot, lady of pleasure, prostitute, sporting lady, tart, whore, woman of the street, working girl - a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money
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Also in attendance was the demimondaine Harriette Wilson who was accompanied by a friend cross-dressed as "an Italian or Austrian peasant-boy.
MR Christopher Short, of Barry, wrote recently to tell us that an article on "the many brothels of Mary Ann Street" omitted a mention of Mary Kelly, "a demimondaine who lived there and was the last of Jack the Ripper's victims.
On the first page, he runs into Hilaria, a young Montparnasse demimondaine who appears throughout the book, so that her uncomplicated attitude toward love can stand in contrast to that of her more famous sisters.
The small stolid demimondaine is not dressing but undressing, carefully taking her second stocking off with outspread toes, to avoid tearing the silk, whilst holding the other in her lap.
Without prior knowledge of the story, it was not easy to understand that Manon intended to spend her youth in a convent and not become a demimondaine in Paris.
Her prospects dimming, she slid into the life of a demimondaine and in 1913 had a late-term abortion that nearly resulted in her death.
In paintings and photographs, women readers are still rendered in terms of the binary stereotypes of prim acolyte and randy demimondaine.