or déb·u·tante

[ deb-yoo-tahnt, -tant ]
/ ˈdɛb yʊˌtɑnt, -ˌtænt /


a young woman making a debut into society.


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Origin of debutante

1795–1805; < French; feminine of débutant debutant

Related forms

post·deb·u·tante, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 for debutante

C19: from French, from débuter to lead off in a game, make one's first appearance; see debut
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