Definition of fille de joie in English:

fille de joie

noun

  • 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.’

Origin

Early 18th century: French, literally girl of pleasure.

Pronunciation

fille de joie

/ˌfē(yə) də ˈZHwä/