soroptimist club

soroptimist

[suh-rop-tuh-mist]
noun
a member of an international association of professional or executive businesswomen (Soroptimist Club) devoted primarily to welfare work.

Origin:
1920–25; < Latin sor(or) sister + optimist

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Soroptimist (səˈrɒptɪmɪst)
 
n
a member of an organization of clubs (Soroptimist International) for professional and executive businesswomen
 
[C20: from Latin soror sister + optimist]

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Soroptimist
international society of business women and women executives, first club formed 1921 in Oakland, Calif., U.S., from sorority + optimist, probably after the Optimist Club.
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