a woman who moves in fashionable society


characteristic of fashionable society; worldly

Word Origin for mondaine

C19: from French; see mundane
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Examples from the Web for mondaine

Historical Examples of mondaine

  • But the acuteness of the mondaine pales before that of the lover.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

  • From the aigrette in her hair to the paste buckle on her shoe she was mondaine.


    Sarah Jeanette Duncan

  • She may be no more perfectly dressed, this mondaine, than her demi-mondaine sister of Armenonville.

    In Vanity Fair

    Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd

  • The mondaine Empress was at once merged in the adoring mother; her whole soul was wrapped up in the boy.

  • To an outsider or a mondaine, the Maidonovo routine would have seemed monotonous to a verge of imbecility.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter