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debutante

or déb·u·tante

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

Origin of debutante

1795–1805; < French; feminine of débutant debutant
Related formspost·deb·u·tante, noun, adjective
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debutante

noun
  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

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

n.

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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