Definition of demimonde in English:



  • 1(in 19th-century France) the class of women considered to be of doubtful morality and social standing.

    • ‘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. 1.1A group of people considered to be on the fringes of respectable society.
      ‘the demimonde 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.’


Mid 19th century: from French demi-monde, literally half-world.