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or der·ri·ere

[der-ee-air; French de-ryer]
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  1. 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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  1. euphemistic the buttocks
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Word Origin

C18: literally: behind (prep), from Old French deriere, from Latin dē retrō from the back
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Word Origin and History for derriere


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-).

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