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fille de joie

[fee-yuh duh zhwah] /ˌfi yə də ˈʒwɑ/
noun, plural filles de joie
[fee-yuh duh zhwah] /ˌfi yə də ˈʒwɑ/ (Show IPA).
a prostitute.
Origin of fille de joie
literally, pleasure girl Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for fille de joie
Historical Examples
  • Lady Hamilton is said to have first enacted his Goddess of Health, being at this time a fille de joie of great celebrity.

  • Some wag in the Society, paraphrasing the syllables of her name, wittily if unkindly, had christened her fille de joie.

    The Bright Messenger Algernon Blackwood
  • You were intended—do not take the words as an insult—to lead the life of a fille de joie.

    The Dangerous Age Karin Michalis
British Dictionary definitions for fille de joie

fille de joie

/fij də ʒwa/
noun (pl) filles de joie (fij də ʒwa)
a prostitute
Word Origin
girl of pleasure
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