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debutante

[deb-yoo-tahnt, -tant]
noun
a young woman making a debut into society.
Also, débutante.


Origin:
1795–1805; < French; feminine of débutant debutant

postdebutante, noun, adjective
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debutante (ˈdɛbjʊˌtɑːnt, -ˌtænt)
 
n
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]

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debutante
1801, "female stage actress making her first public performance," from Fr. fem. of debutant (q.v.). In ref. to a young woman making her first appearance in society, from 1817.
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