Informal. a debutante.

Origin of deb

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20; by shortening

deb. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of deb

Historical Examples of deb

  • Deb will not mind me; she knows how Aunt Madge will love to have me.

  • “Patience, Deb,” said Diggory, showing a heavy leathern bag.

    The Pigeon Pie

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • “Much harm would that have been,” retorted Mrs. Deb, tossing her head.

    The Pigeon Pie

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Deb was allowed to ran out in the garden, and the door was closed.

  • On reaching home, the first person I encountered was Aunt Deb.

    Dick Cheveley

    W. H. G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for deb



informal short for debutante


abbreviation for

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Word Origin and History for deb

slang shortening of debutante, by 1920.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper