A young woman making a formal debut into society.(noun)
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Use "debutante" in a sentence
"Just as in the United States a coming out party for a debutante is in no way necessary, unless the family belongs to the social stratum which believes that it is."
"Restrained in the way a debutante is not, the way a bride pretends she understands."
"A British diplomat was more cynical; Wilson, he said, was drawn to Paris "as a debutante is entranced by the prospect of her first ball.""