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[deb-yoo-tahnt, -tant] /ˈdɛb yʊˌtɑnt, -ˌtænt/
a young woman making a debut into society.
Also, débutante.
Origin of debutante
1795-1805; < French; feminine of débutant debutant
Related forms
postdebutante, noun, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for debutante


/ˈdɛbjʊˌtɑːnt; -ˌtænt/
a young woman of upper-class background who is presented to society, usually at a formal ball
a girl or young woman regarded as being upper-class, wealthy, and of a frivolous or snobbish social set
Word Origin
C19: from French, from débuter to lead off in a game, make one's first appearance; see debut
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Word Origin and History for debutante

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

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