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Used euphemistically to refer to a prostitute.
- ‘These photographs are believed to be some of the women who worked in the brothels- photos that were probably taken to give as souvenirs to favorite clients as a way to remember their favorite ‘fille de joie.’’
- ‘She mostly recalls the occasions when she has been caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, with barely a hint of the inevitably drab experiences of a fille de joie.’
Early 18th century: French, literally girl of pleasure.
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