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derrière

or der·ri·ere

[ der-ee-air; French de-ryer ]
/ ˌdɛr iˈɛər; French dɛˈryɛr /
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noun
the buttocks; rump.
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Origin of derrière

1765–75; <French (preposition, noun); Old French deriere<Vulgar Latin *dē retrō, for Latin retrō towards the rear, backwards; cf. arrear

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British Dictionary definitions for derrière

derrière
/ (ˌdɛrɪˈɛə, French dɛrjɛr) /

noun
euphemistic the buttocks

Word Origin for derrière

C18: literally: behind (prep), from Old French deriere, from Latin dē retrō from the back
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