Definition of debutante in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɛbjʊtɑːnt/
Pronunciation: /ˈdeɪɛbjʊtɑːnt/


1An upper-class young woman making her first appearance in fashionable society.
Example sentences
  • About a quarter of a million people line the banks of the Thames and the race is part of the social season, attended by debutantes and society figures with strict entry and dress codes for some parts of the riverbank.
  • My darling daughter, Beatrix herself had been one of the most successful debutantes in her younger years, and she saw no reason as to why her daughter should not follow in her path.
  • In 1839 she came out in society as a debutante, with the Nightingales taking an entire floor of the Carlton Hotel in London's Regent Street to mark the event.
1.1A woman making her first public appearance, especially in sport: the women’s team includes eighteen year-old debutante Katharine Merry
More example sentences
  • The television rights will be auctioned off and already, there is speculation about the victor taking on another recent ring debutante, 23-year-old Freeda George Foreman.
  • Championship debutante, Linda Connolly, dealt admirably with all situations between the Mayo uprights to boost her confidence for future clashes.
  • County debutante Linda Harrison advanced her W50 triple jump best to 6. 09m for 3rd place.


Early 19th century: from French débutante (feminine) 'leading off', from the verb débuter.

Words that rhyme with debutante


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Line breaks: debu|tante

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