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a. A class of women supported by wealthy lovers and considered to be promiscuous or otherwise unrespectable.
b. Women prostitutes considered as a group.
2. A group whose respectability is dubious: the literary demimonde of ghostwriters, hacks, and publicists. Also called demiworld.
[French demi-monde : demi-, demi- + monde, world (from Latin mundus).]
demimonde(ˌdɛmɪˈmɒnd; French dəmimɔ̃d)
1. (Sociology) (esp in the 19th century) those women considered to be outside respectable society, esp on account of sexual promiscuity
2. (Sociology) any social group considered to be not wholly respectable
[C19: from French, literally: half-world]
1. a class of women who have lost standing in respectable society because of indiscretion or promiscuity but have wealthy lovers.
2. a demimondaine.
3. prostitutes; courtesans.
4. any group which has lost respectablity or lacks status.
[1850–55; < French, =demi- demi- + monde world (< Latin mundus)]
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|Noun||1.||demimonde - a class of woman not considered respectable because of indiscreet or promiscuous behavior|
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
demimondaine - a woman whose sexual promiscuity places her outside respectable society