demi-monde

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

demi-monde (plural demi-mondes)

  1. Alternative form of demimonde
    • 1867, W[illiam] Blanchard Jerrod, “Society under the Second Empire”, in On the Boulevards; or Memorable Men and Things Drawn on the Spot, 1853–1866. [], volume II, Philadelphia, Pa.: J. B. Lippincott & Co.; London: W[illiam] H[oughton] Allen & Co., [], OCLC 16624494, page 14:
      Paris society borrows fashions from the demi-monde, and the demi-monde borrows manners from the extravagant princesses, countesses, and viscountesses. All Parie has been stirred with the Sardanapalian entertainment, which a leader of the demi-monde gave on the eve of Lent to the best male society in the Empire. The ladies were all unquestionably from young [Alexandre] Dumas' panier à quinze sous; but their manners and their toilettes were, we are told, all that could be desired.
    • 1920 May 27, F[rancis] Scott Fitzgerald, “The Offshore Pirate”, in Flappers and Philosophers, New York, N.Y.: Charles Scribner’s Sons, published September 1920, OCLC 623621399, part I, page 6:
      This is the last straw. In your infatuation for this man—a man who is notorious for his excesses, a man your father would not have allowed to so much as mention your name—you have reflected the demi-monde rather than the circles in which you have presumably grown up.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

demi- +‎ monde, probably after a play by French author and playwright Alexandre Dumas fils.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

demi-monde m (plural demi-mondes)

  1. demimonde

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • English: demimonde

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexandre Dumas (1855) Le Demi Monde : Comédie en 5 Actes, en Prose[1] (in French), Paris: M. Lévy, OCLC 762681928