WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
deb•u•tante or  déb•u•tante /ˈdɛbyʊˌtɑnt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a young woman receiving her first formal introduction into society.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
deb•u•tante  (debyŏŏ tänt′, -tant′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a young woman making a debut into society.
Also,  débu•tante′. 
  • French; feminine of débutant debutant
  • 1795–1805


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

debutante /ˈdɛbjʊˌtɑːnt -ˌtænt/ n
  1. a young woman of upper-class background who is presented to society, usually at a formal ball
  2. a girl or young woman regarded as being upper-class, wealthy, and of a frivolous or snobbish social set
Etymology: 19th Century: from French, from débuter to lead off in a game, make one's first appearance; see debut



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