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or débutante

[deb-yoo-tahnt, -tant] /ˈdɛb yʊˌtɑnt, -ˌtænt/
a young woman making a debut into society.
Origin of debutante
1795-1805; < French; feminine of débutant debutant
Related forms
postdebutante, noun, adjective Unabridged
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  • You flirted with me disgracefully when I was a debutante, and have never taken any notice of me since.

    The Evil Shepherd E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • And not one debutante in ten out of a winter ever gets to go!

    The Heart of Arethusa Francis Barton Fox
  • Not more than one debutante in ten is; Emily was one of the nine.

    Saturday's Child Kathleen Norris
  • He could no more resist these things than a debutante in her first season.

  • She looked like a debutante, and, knowing it, acted the part.

    Love Stories Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • But she acted so excellently, no one would have supposed her to be a debutante.

    Frederic Chopin, v. 1 (of 2) Moritz Karasowski
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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