A woman of low morals, especially associated with the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette district of Paris.
In French usage, a member of the demi-monde.
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.
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.
The very terms "grisette" and "lorette" by which young women unblest with wealth or social rank are commonly designated, involve the idea of demoralization -- no man would apply them to one whom he respected and of whose good opinion he was solicitous.
Whenever a new word comes to supply the place of an unwieldy circumlocution, its fortune is assured; the word lorette has passed into the language of every class of society, even where the lorette herself will never gain an entrance.
The word 'lorette' comes from French.