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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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ass, posterior, buttocks, bottom, seat, can, keister, fanny, rear, cheeks, heinie

Nearby words

derrida, jacques, derriere, derring-do, derringer, derris, derrière, derro, derry, dertrum, derv, dervish

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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Examples from the Web for derriere

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  • His leather jackets and vests were constructed with peplums that swirled and blossomed just above the derriere.

  • Lest her little monster fans worry, as she stepped on stage, her derriere did not appear to have been impaled.

  • Eventually, Williams joined him on stage and playfully smacked his derriere with a tennis racket in the shape of a heart.

British Dictionary definitions for derriere

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for derriere

derriere


n.

1774, from French derrière "back part, rear," originally an adverb, "behind, behind the back" (12c.), from Late Latin deretro, from Latin de "from" (see de-) + retro "back" (see retro-).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper