Definition of lorette in English:

lorette

noun

historical
  • A French courtesan.

    ‘the lorette peeps out coyly from a theatre box’
    • ‘The lorette carried within her persona all the connotations of urban display and luxury consumption.’
    • ‘In this celebrated piece, the greatest success of modem times, the Lorettes were held up to public execration, and displayed in all their hideous cynicism.’
    • ‘He offered his arm to the lorette, who had a rougish smile on her lips.’
    • ‘Lorettes do not pay; they have only credit.’
    • ‘The assembly is not made up purely of idlers and lorettes.’
    mistress, paramour, kept woman
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Origin

Mid 19th century: French, named after the Church of Notre Dame de Lorette in Paris, near which many such women lived.

Pronunciation

lorette

/ləˈrɛt/