débutante

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See also: debutante and debûtante

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Borrowing from French débutante, feminine form of débutant.[1]

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débutante ‎(plural débutantes)

  1. A female who débuts.
    • 1907, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “chapter III”, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
      A short time afterward at the opera Gerald dragged him into a parterre to say something amiable to one of the amiable débutante Craig girls—and Selwyn found himself again facing Alixe.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 débutant” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]