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What is the spelling of debutant or debutante?

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September 15, 2007 3:49AM

Both spellings are correct, but they mean different things. "Debutant" is masculine, but "debutante" is feminine. A similar pattern is found in some other English words borrowed from French, such as "blond" and "blonde", "fiance" and "fiancee".