Definition of demi-monde in English:

demi-monde

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Pronunciation: /ˌdɛmɪˈmɒnd
 
, dəmimɔ̃d/

noun

  • 1(In 19th-century France) a class of women considered to be of doubtful social standing and morality.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1A group of people on the fringes of respectable society: the demi-monde of arms deals
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    • In this opening section he does a good job of introducing the reader to the demimonde of pulp writers and how the industry that published them worked.

Origin

French, literally 'half-world'.

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