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demimondaine

[dem-ee-mon-deyn; French duh-mee-mawn-den] /ˌdɛm i mɒnˈdeɪn; French də mi mɔ̃ˈdɛn/
noun, plural demimondaines
[dem-ee-mon-deynz; French duh-mee-mawn-den] /ˌdɛm i mɒnˈdeɪnz; French də mi mɔ̃ˈdɛn/ (Show IPA)
1.
a woman of the demimonde.
adjective
2.
of or relating to the demimonde.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; < French, equivalent to demimonde demimonde + -aine feminine adj. suffix < Latin -āna -an
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demimondaine

/ˌdɛmɪˈmɒndeɪn; French dəmimɔ̃dɛn/
noun
1.
a woman of the demimonde
Word Origin
C19: from French
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