demimonde: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (dem'ē-mond" Fr. d&schwa-mē-mônd'), [key]
- (esp. during the last half of the 19th century) a class of women who have lost their standing in respectable society because of indiscreet behavior or sexual promiscuity.
- a demimondaine.
- prostitutes or courtesans in general.
- a group whose activities are ethically or legally questionable: a demimonde of investigative journalists writing for the sensationalist tabloids.
- a group characterized by lack of success or status: the literary demimonde.
- demimonde (Thesaurus)