One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in 19th-century France) a class of women considered to be of doubtful social standing and morality.
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 A group of people on the fringes of respectable society.‘the demi-monde of arms deals’
- ‘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.’
French, literally ‘half-world’.
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