Definitions

bouleversement
1. A violent uproar; a tumult.
2. A reversal.
For the second time in his life Amory had had a complete bouleversement and was hurrying into line with his generation.
This Side of Paradise, p. 186
calomel
A tasteless colorless powder used medicinally as a cathartic
Tireless passion, fierce jealousy, longing to possess and crush - these alone were left of all his love for Rosalind; these remained to him as payment for the loss of his youth - bitter calomel under the thin sugar of love's exaltation.
This Side of Paradise, p. 245
chemises
1. A woman's sleeveless undergarment;
2. A loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist
She brings to light several beautiful chemises and an amazing pajama but this does not satisfy her - she goes out.
This Side of Paradise, p. 167
claqueurs
One of the claque employed to applaud at a theater.
He was not even a Catholic, yet that was the only ghost of a code that he had, the gaudy, ritualstic, paradoxical Catholicism whose prophet was Chesterton, whose claqueurs were such reformed rakes of literature as Huysmans and Bourget, whose American sponsor was Ralph Adams Cram, with his adulation of thirteenth-century cathedrals - a Catholicism which Amory found convenient and ready-made, without priest or sacraments or sacrifice.
This Side of Paradise, p. 124
cote
A small shelter for domestic animals (as sheep or pigeons)
The shadow of a dove
Falls on the cote, the trees are filled with wings;
And down the valley through the crying trees
The body of the darker storm flies; brings
With its new air the breath of sunken seas
And slender tenuous thunder...
This Side of Paradise, p. 242
diletantism
dilettante (noun) An amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge;
dilettante (adjective) Showing frivolous or superficial interest; amateurish
Broad-browed and strong-chinned, with a fineness in the honest gray eyes that were like Kerry's, Burne was a man who gave an immediate impression of bigness and security - stubborn, that was evident, but his stubbornness wore no stolidity, and when he had talked for five minutes Amory know that this keen enthusiasm had in it no quality of diletantism.
This Side of Paradise, p. 122
effulgent
Radiating or as if radiating light
"You know you're perfectly effulgent."
This Side of Paradise, p. 141
flaneur
An aimless idler; a loafer
The Byrons and Brookes who had defied life from mountain tops were in the end but flaneurs and poseurs, at best mistaking the shadow of courage for the substance of wisdom.
This Side of Paradise, p. 263
fortaccio
unknown
"Did you ever get that way?" he demanded confidentially fortaccio.
This Side of Paradise, p. 203
habitué
A regular patron
Amory was on fire to be an habitué of roof-gardens, to meet a girl who should look like that - better, that very girl; whose hair would be drenched with golden moonlight, while at this elbow sparkling wine was poured by an unintelligible waiter.
This Side of Paradise, p. 30
juvenalia
Initially, scenic games instituted by Nero in A.D. 59, in commemoration of his shaving his beard for the first time, thus intimating that he had passed from youth into manhood.
In the Juvenalia
Of my collected editions.
This Side of Paradise, p. 218
lorgnette
Eyeglasses that are held to the eyes with a long handle
The door opened suddenly, and Myra's mother appeared on the threshold, fumbling with her lorgnette.
This Side of Paradise, p. 15
pæan
1. A formal expression of praise;
2. A hymn of praise (especially one sung in ancient Greece to invoke or thank a deity)
Fascinated, Amory watched each rank of linked arms as it came abreast, the faces indistinct above the polo shirts, the voices blent in a pæan of triumph - and then the procession passed through shadowy Campbell Arch, and the voices grew fainter as it wound eastward over the campus.
This Side of Paradise, p. 42
raconteuse
raconteur - A person skilled in telling anecdotes
They rejoiced, for she was a brave raconteuse, but many were the keys turned in the sideboard locks that night against the possible defection of little Bobby or Barbara...
This Side of Paradise, p. 5
sauterne
Semisweet golden-colored table or dessert wine from around Bordeaux in France; similar wine from California
Two glasses of sauterne at luncheon loosened his tongue, and he talked, with what he felt was something of his old charm, of religion and literature and the menacing phenomena of the social order.
This Side of Paradise, p. 211
swards
Surface layer of ground containing a mat of grass and grass roots
At first Amory noticed only the wealth of sunshine creeping across the long, green swards, dancing on the leaded windowpanes, and swimming around the tops of spires and towers and battlemented walls.
This Side of Paradise, p. 37
tulle
A fine (often starched) net used for veils or tutus or gowns
...a rolle of tulle, which has lost its dignity and wound itself tortuously around everything in sight...
This Side of Paradise, p. 167
verdureless
verdure 1. Green foliage;
verdure - 2. Lush greenness of flourishing vegetation
He pictured the rooms where these people lived - where the patterns of the blistered wall-papers were heavy reiterated sunflowers on green and yellow backgrounds, where there were tin bathtubs and gloomy hallways and verdureless, unnamable spaces in back of the buildings; where even love dressed as seduction - a sordid murder around the corner, illicit motherhood in the flat above.
This Side of Paradise, p. 256