Meaning of demi-monde in English:

demi-monde

Pronunciation /ˌdɛmɪˈmɒnd/ /dəmimɔ̃d/

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noun

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

    • ‘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 on the fringes of respectable society.
      ‘the demi-monde 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.’

Origin

French, literally ‘half-world’.