Definition of demure adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈmjʊə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmjʊr//
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  1. 1(of a woman or a girl) behaving in a way that does not attract attention to herself or her body; quiet and serious synonym modest a demure young lady
  2. 2suggesting that a woman or girl is demure synonym modest a demure smile a demure navy blouse with a white collar
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘sober, serious, reserved’): perhaps from Old French demoure, past participle of demourer ‘remain’, based on Latin de- ‘away, completely’ + morari ‘delay’; influenced by Old French mur ‘grave’, from Latin maturus ‘ripe or mature’. The sense ‘reserved, shy’ dates from the late 17th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: demure