- the class of women who have lost social standing because of sexual promiscuity
- a demimondaine
- prostitutes as a group
- any group whose activities are ethically questionable
Origin of demimondeFrench from demi- (see demi-) + monde, world, society from Classical Latin mundus, world
- a. A class of women supported by wealthy lovers and considered to be promiscuous or otherwise unrespectable.b. Women prostitutes considered as a group.
- A group whose respectability is dubious: the literary demimonde of ghostwriters, hacks, and publicists. Also called demiworld .
Origin of demimondeFrench demi-monde demi- demi- monde world ( from Latin mundus )