[lav-uh-leer, lah-vuh-]


an ornamental pendant, usually jeweled, worn on a chain around the neck.

Also lav·a·lier, la·val·lière [French la-va-lyer] /French la vaˈlyɛr/.

Origin of lavaliere

First recorded in 1915–20; after the Duchesse de La Vallière (1644–1710), one of the mistresses of Louis XIV Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for lavalier

kind of ornament that hangs around the neck, from French lavallière, a kind of tie, after Louise Françoise de La Baume Le Blanc de La Vallière, Duchesse de La Vallière (1644-1710), mistress of Louis XIV from 1661-1667.


Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper