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décolleté

or de·colle·te

[dey-kol-tey, -kol-uh-, dek-uh-luh-; French dey-kawl-tey]
adjective
  1. (of a garment) low-necked.
  2. 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- + collet collar (see -et) + -er infinitive suffix
Can be confuseddécolletage décolleté dishabille
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Related Words for decollete

plunging, low-necked

Examples from the Web for decollete

Historical Examples of decollete

  • Bella, who is decollete whenever it is allowable, and more than is proper!

    When a Man Marries

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Some exceptions are decollete, fiancee and fiance, and other words which have been taken over into the language.

  • Her decollete waist allowed the brown skin to be perceived, and her flat feet were inclosed in moccasins.


British Dictionary definitions for decollete

décolleté

adjective
  1. (of a woman's garment) low-cut
  2. wearing a low-cut garment
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noun
  1. a low-cut neckline
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Word Origin for décolleté

C19: from French décolleter to cut out the neck (of a dress), from collet collar
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Word Origin and History for decollete

adj.

1831, from French décolleté, past participle of décolleter "to bare the neck and shoulders," from de- (see de-) + collet "collar of a dress," diminutive of col (Latin collum) "neck" (see collar (n.)). Not to be confused with decollate, which means "to behead."

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