In the United States a small percentage of young woman are debuted at a debutante ball. The custom is most common in the South. In the Hispanic culture, a similar custom is called Quinceañera. See the related Wikipedia article for an interesting discussion of debutante customs around the world.
The new ballet that debuts next months at Covent Garden, is already sold out
This young soprano debuts next month at the Metropolitan Opera
they looked forward to the debut of their new product line
She was to make her debut on the third of January, at a magnificent ball.
Anne Bronte -- Agnes Grey
I made my debut as singer and fortune-teller that night at Limraigh, with considerable success.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
I ordered it specially in honor of your fiery debut.
Suzanne Collins -- The Hunger Games
The year before his debut they gave up 425 points; his first year they gave up 257 points.
Michael Lewis -- The Blind Side
Since we first debuted on NPR in spring 2005, we have been inundated with calls, letters, and e-mails from people wishing to participate in This I Believe in some way.
Jay Allison, et al. -- This I Believe II
What did they say last night about my fiery debut at the Games?
Suzanne Collins -- The Hunger Games
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Gillian Flynn -- Gone Girl
Brooke had recently gone solo and her debut album, Kiss This, had been racking up awards, too, so we’d been bumping into each other a lot at the various ceremonies.
Gayle Forman -- Where She Went
Many of the women were eager to debut new dresses, an expensive and potentially maddening feat depending on what sort of textile scraps you found at the Exchange.
Kass Morgan -- The 100
I was a college boy of seventeen at my debut.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
At Yankee Stadium, in the Bronx, players were debuting numbered uniforms: Lou Gehrig wore No.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Unbroken
She had a debut after the Armistice, and in February she was presumably engaged to a man from New Orleans.
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- The Great Gatsby
Even when the arthritic Helena Schmidt canceled the washing and ironing service, a month after Max’s debut on Himmel Street, she simply sat at the table and brought the bowl toward her.
Markus Zusak -- The Book Thief
He recognized her, guessed her feelings, saw that it was her debut, remembered her conversation at the window, and with an expression of pleasure on his face approached Countess Rostova.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
The decision to give her daughter a formal debut cost Mrs. Taggart a great deal of anxious thought.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
Out of children’s parties grow young girls’ debut parties.
Margaret Mitchell -- Gone with the Wind
He sat on the kitchen bench and tried to read a novel which, according to the back cover text, was the sensational debut of a teenage feminist.
Stieg Larsson -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
My parents invited all the couples from the Joy Luck Club to witness my debut.
Amy Tan -- The Joy Luck Club
Within months of its debut in 1996, Blue’s Clues was trouncing Sesame Street in the ratings.
Malcolm Gladwell -- The Tipping Point
Emma made her toilet with the fastidious care of an actress on her debut.
Gustave Flaubert -- Madame Bovary
But even in accepting, John did all he could to minimize attention to his moviemaking debut.
James Bradley -- Flags of Our Fathers
That is a rather commonplace debut.
Oscar Wilde -- The Picture of Dorian Gray
Whilst her appearance was an utter failure (as her husband felt with a sort of rage), Mrs. Rawdon Crawley’s debut was, on the contrary, very brilliant.
William Makepeace Thackeray -- Vanity Fair
The previous year she had made a dazzling debut fringed by a heavy thunder-cloud of bills.
Edith Wharton -- The House of Mirth
We thought he might bring Momma back with him then, but Caroline was making her New Haven debut as Musetta in La Boheme on the twenty-first.
Katherine Paterson -- Jacob Have I Loved
She was applauded all the more; and her debut with Faust seemed about to bring her a new success, when suddenly …. a terrible thing happened.
Gaston Leroux -- The Phantom of the Opera
As it happened, Zooey had made a formal and serious debut as a public performer at the age of seven.
J.D. Salinger -- Franny and Zooey
I shall chase the society matrons out of my newsroom with a cattle prod when they come in with pictures from the debut.
Rick Bragg -- All Over but the Shoutin’
On the night of her debut she is, for all her strange, stray wisdom, quite like a happy little girl.
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- This Side of Paradise
As yet, Chingachgook had never fired a shot in anger, and the debut of his companion in warfare is known to the reader.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Deerslayer
In these matters Morris had an excellent grace, which flung a picturesque interest even over the account of his debut in the commission business—a subject as to which his companion earnestly questioned him.
Henry James -- Washington Square
However, the interest was general, and this Saturday’s debut in the forum, whatever it may have been to Bathsheba as the buying and selling farmer, was unquestionably a triumph to her as the maiden.
Thomas Hardy -- Far from the Madding Crowd
The horseless carriage was just arriving in San Francisco, and its debut was turning into one of those colorfully unmitigated disasters that bring misery to everyone but historians.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Seabiscuit
It was the first attention which Wilson had ever received at the hands of any party; it was a sufficiently humble one, but it was a recognition of his debut into the town’s life and activities at last; it was a step upward, and he was deeply gratified.
Mark Twain -- Pudd’nhead Wilson
Snyder is Brooklyn-born and was raised in Los Angeles by two professional pianists of Russian and Romanian descent, and his mother had been his accompanist for his European debut in Vienna in 1966.
Steve Lopez -- The Soloist
It was almost like making my debut or something.
Maureen Daly -- Seventeenth Summer
A new comic book character named Iron Man makes his debut.
Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard -- Killing Kennedy
Friday arrived, and with that came our debut on the lea Capital Report.
Kiera Cass -- The Selection
Jorge was very picky about making sure it looked exactly right before we debuted my new look.
Gaby Rodriguez -- The Pregnancy Project
Such was Buck Duane’s debut in the little outlaw hamlet of Ord.
Zane Grey -- The Lone Star Ranger
My band, the Holy Rollers, it’s our Jackson High debut.
Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl -- Beautiful Creatures
At the age of eighty-five, Busch made his acting debut with a small part in The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
Jay Allison, et al. -- This I Believe
His pleas for her to come grew more urgent even than those he had sent during his difficult debut as Vice President.
David McCullough -- John Adams
McAllen won the game that Frankie covered, though it ended without the drama that marked Monterrey’s debut.
W. William Winokur -- The Perfect Game
If there was a reason to have a tea—wedding, baby, debut, retirement, charity drive—Mrs. Poole was ready to have it.
Jill McCorkle -- Ferris Beach
For those of you who are not familiar with the character, the Punisher debuted in a Marvel comic book series in the 1970s.