[ dey-kla-sey, -klah-; French dey-klah-sey ]
/ ˌdeɪ klæˈseɪ, -klɑ-; French deɪ klɑˈseɪ /


reduced to or having low or lower status: a once-chic restaurant that had become completely déclassé.
reduced or belonging to a lower or low social class, position, or rank.

Origin of déclassé

1885–1890; < French, past participle of déclasser. See de-, class
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British Dictionary definitions for declasse


/ (French deklɑse) /


having lost social standing or statusAlso (feminine): déclassée

Word Origin for déclassé

C19: from French déclasser to declass
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Word Origin and History for declasse



1887, from French déclassé, past participle of déclasser "to cause to lose class," from de-, privative prefix (see de-) + classer "to class" (see class).

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