(In French, demi-monde.) Term loosely applied to prostitutes, kept women, or anyone else living on the wrong side of respectability.

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  • Demimonde — Dem i*monde , n. [F.; demi + monde world, L. mundus.] Persons of doubtful reputation; esp., women who are kept as mistresses, though not public prostitutes; demireps. [1913 Webster] {Literary demimonde}, writers of the lowest kind. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Demimonde — (franz., spr. dömi móngd ), »Halbwelt«, eine durch das gleichnamige Drama des jüngern Dumas (1855) in Aufnahme gekommene Bezeichnung für die in Großstädten (namentlich Paris) stark vertretene Klasse von Abenteurern höherer Gattung, die im Äußern… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Demimonde — Demimonde,die:⇨Halbwelt …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • demimonde — [dem′i mänd΄] n. [Fr < demi (see DEMI ) + monde, world, society < L mundus, world] 1. the class of women who have lost social standing because of sexual promiscuity 2. a demimondaine 3. prostitutes as a group 4. any group whose activities… …   English World dictionary

  • Demimonde — Demi monde refers to a group of people who live hedonistic lifestyles, usually in a flagrant and conspicuous manner. The term was commonly used in Europe from the late 18th to the early 20th century, and modern use often refers to that… …   Wikipedia

  • Demimonde — Halbwelt (frz. demimonde) ist eine durch das gleichnamige Drama des jüngeren Dumas (1855) in Gebrauch gekommene Bezeichnung für die in Großstädten (namentlich Paris) stark vertretene Klasse von Abenteurern höherer Gattung, welche äußerlich Sitten …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • demimonde — /dem ee mond /; Fr. /deuh mee mawonnd /, n. 1. (esp. during the last half of the 19th century) a class of women who have lost their standing in respectable society because of indiscreet behavior or sexual promiscuity. 2. a demimondaine. 3.… …   Universalium

  • demimonde — noun Etymology: French demi monde, from demi + monde world, from Latin mundus Date: 1855 1. a. a class of women on the fringes of respectable society supported by wealthy lovers; also their world b. the world of prostitution …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • demimonde — noun a) A class of women kept by wealthy protectors; female prostitutes as a group b) A group having little respect or reputation See Also: demimondaine …   Wiktionary

  • Demimonde — De|mi|monde 〈[dəmimɔ̃:d] f.; ; unz.〉 Halbwelt [frz.] * * * De|mi|mon|de [dəmi mõ:d(ə) ], die; [frz. demi monde, aus: demi = halb u. monde = Welt, Leute] (bildungsspr. abwertend): Halbwelt. * * * De|mi|mon|de [dəmi mõ:d], die; [frz. demi monde,… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • demimonde — Synonyms and related words: Aspasia, Delilah, Jezebel, Messalina, Phryne, Thais, adventuress, courtesan, demimondaine, demirep, fancy woman, femme fatale, harem girl, hetaera, houri, kept, odalisque, seductress, temptress, vamp, vampire, whore …   Moby Thesaurus

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