1(In 19th-century France) the class of women considered to be of doubtful morality and social standing.
- Whereas upper-class prostitutes of the demi-monde were involved in sexual liaisons outside marriage in order to gain influence and social advantage, most whores were regarded as social lepers.
Mid 19th century: from French demi-monde, literally 'half-world'.
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