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lavaliere

[lav-uh-leer, lah-vuh-]
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noun
  1. an ornamental pendant, usually jeweled, worn on a chain around the neck.
  2. lavaliere microphone.
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Also lav·a·lier, la·val·lière [French la-va-lyer] /French la vaˈlyɛr/.

Origin of lavaliere

First recorded in 1915–20; after the Duchesse de La Vallière (1644–1710), one of the mistresses of Louis XIV
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Historical Examples

  • "Do not be afraid of me," replied Maille, clasping Lavalliere to his breast.

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    Honore de Balzac

  • Thus Lavalliere found himself abandoned by everyone like a leper.

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    Honore de Balzac

  • Now all the ladies were jealous of La Limeuil, who at that time was thinking of yielding to the handsome Lavalliere.

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    Honore de Balzac

  • Lavalliere, terrified, caught her and placed his hand upon her heart, below a breast of matchless beauty.

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    Honore de Balzac

  • To these cruel delights, in order to properly play his part, Lavalliere could not refuse his sanction.

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    Honore de Balzac


Word Origin and History for lavalliere

lavaliere

see lavalier.

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