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Watteau back

a loose, full back of a woman's gown, formed by wide box pleats hanging from a high shoulder yoke and extending to the hem in an unbroken line.
Origin of Watteau back
First recorded in 1895-1900; after a type of gown depicted in paintings by Watteau Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I wonder how a Watteau back like that would go on my blue alpaca?

    The Pursuit of the House-Boat

    John Kendrick Bangs
  • It is cut low in the neck, and has those sleeves which open above the elbow, and a Watteau back.

    A Very Naughty Girl L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for Watteau back

Watteau back

a section at the back of a woman's dress that is caught in pleats or gathers at the neck and falls unbelted to the floor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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