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dem·i·monde

 (dĕm′ē-mŏnd′)
n.
1.
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).]
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demimonde

(ˌdɛmɪˈmɒnd; French dəmimɔ̃d)
n
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]
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dem•i•monde

(ˈdɛm iˌmɒnd)

n.
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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
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Translations

demimonde

[ˌdemɪˈmɒːnd] Nmujeres fpl mundanas
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demimonde

nHalbwelt f
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