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décolleté

or de·colle·te

[ dey-kol-tey, -kol-uh-, dek-uh-luh-; French dey-kawl-tey ]
/ ˌdeɪ kɒlˈteɪ, -kɒl ə-, ˌdɛk ə lə-; French deɪ kɔlˈteɪ /
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adjective
(of a garment) low-necked.
wearing a low-necked garment.
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Origin of décolleté

1825–35; <French: past participle of décolleter to bare the neck, equivalent to dé-de- + colletcollar (see -et) + -er infinitive suffix

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH décolleté

décolletage, décolleté , dishabille
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British Dictionary definitions for décolleté

décolleté
/ (deɪˈkɒlteɪ, French dekɔlte) /

adjective
(of a woman's garment) low-cut
wearing a low-cut garment
noun
a low-cut neckline

Word Origin for décolleté

C19: from French décolleter to cut out the neck (of a dress), from collet collar
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