Origin of bateau neck
First recorded in 1920–25
Also called bateau neckline.
a wide, high neckline that follows the curve of the collarbone and ends in points on the shoulder seams.
Origin of boat neck
First recorded in 1955–60
Also called boat neckline, bateau neck, bateau neckline.
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a high slitlike neckline of a garment that extends onto the shouldersAlso called: bateau neckline
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