Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In French usage, a member of the demi-monde. A lorette differs from a grisette only in living in a more showy style, and doing no work, being entirely supported by her admirers.
- n. dated A woman of low morals, especially associated with the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette district of Paris.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. In France, a name for a woman who is supported by her lovers, and devotes herself to idleness, show, and pleasure; -- so called from the church of Notre Dame de Lorette, in Paris, near which many of them resided.
- From French lorette. (Wiktionary)
“But he presented Fabien du Ronceret to her and the "lorette" married him.”
“Stepping ashore, you see a long line of carriages drawn up in several rows, and of every conceivable variety -- from the Turkish araba to the most coquettish-looking Parisian coupé -- gilded and adorned in a style to make a French lorette stare with amazement at a lavishness of expenditure exceeding her own.”
“Aurore's mother seems to us, du reste, the perfect type of a Parisian lorette, the sort of woman so keenly attractive with the bloom of youth and the eloquence of passion, -- but when these have passed their day, the most detestable of mistresses, the most undesirable of companions.”
“Punk or bona roba, lorette or drab -- put her before an artist in letters, and, lo and behold ye! such is the strange allure emanating from the hussy, that the resultant portrait is either that of a martyred Magdalene, or, at the very least, has all the enigmatic piquancy of a Monna Lisa ...”
“There was never a _lorette_ who did not love to gamble.”
“There were the dying glances of the lorette in the hospital, the pose of the old copyist of the Louvre, and the theatrical sneer.”
“I was still hesitating what to do when suddenly, sharp as the clash of steel on steel, the voice of a street lorette reached my ear.”
“SINET (Seraphine), a celebrated lorette, born in 1820, known by the sobriquet of Carabine, was present at Josepha Mirah's house-warming on the rue de la Ville-l'Eveque, in 1838.”
“The bal Mabile is not the polymnia dance of the Janiculum, but the dealer in ladies 'wearing apparel there devours the lorette with her eyes, exactly as the procuress Staphyla lay in wait for the virgin Planesium.”
“Thus far her pride -- and it was very great -- had procured for her the respect and consideration which is bestowed, in the lorette quarters, upon a servant who honestly serves a virtuous mistress.”
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