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[dey-kol-tahzh, -kol-uh-, dek-uh-luh-; French dey-kawl-tazh] /ˌdeɪ kɒlˈtɑʒ, -kɒl ə-, ˌdɛk ə lə-; French deɪ kɔlˈtaʒ/
the neckline of a dress cut low in the front or back and often across the shoulders.
a décolleté garment or costume.
Origin of décolletage
1890-95; < French, equivalent to décollet(er) (see décolleté + -age -age
Can be confused
décolletage, décolleté, dishabille. Unabridged
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  • It was a little full across the chest, but the decolletage sat snugly over her uncovered bosom.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • The plain, well-made dress will oust the ribbon and the decolletage.

    What is Coming? H. G. Wells
  • She was really on probation for higher levels; it was her decolletage delayed her.

    Soul of a Bishop H. G. Wells
British Dictionary definitions for decolletage


/ˌdeɪkɒlˈtɑːʒ; French dekɔltaʒ/
a low-cut neckline or a woman's garment with a low neck
Word Origin
C19: from French; see décolleté
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Word Origin and History for decolletage

1894 (from 1883 as a French word in English), from French décolletage, from décolleté "low-necked" (see decollete).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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