or de·colle·te

[dey-kol-tey, -kol-uh-, dek-uh-luh-; French dey-kawl-tey]


(of a garment) low-necked.
wearing a low-necked garment.


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


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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Word Origin and History for decollete

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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