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décolletage

or de·colle·tage

[dey-kol-tahzh, -kol-uh-, dek-uh-luh-; French dey-kawl-tazh]
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noun
  1. the neckline of a dress cut low in the front or back and often across the shoulders.
  2. a décolleté garment or costume.
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Origin of décolletage

1890–95; < French, equivalent to décollet(er) (see décolleté + -age -age
Can be confuseddécolletage décolleté dishabille
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Examples from the Web for decolletage

Historical Examples

  • She was really on probation for higher levels; it was her decolletage delayed her.

    Soul of a Bishop

    H. G. Wells

  • The plain, well-made dress will oust the ribbon and the decolletage.

    What is Coming?

    H. G. Wells

  • It was a little full across the chest, but the decolletage sat snugly over her uncovered bosom.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete

    Martin Anderson Nexo


British Dictionary definitions for decolletage

décolletage

noun
  1. a low-cut neckline or a woman's garment with a low neck
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Word Origin

C19: from French; see décolleté
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Word Origin and History for decolletage

n.

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

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