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


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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of lavaliere1

First recorded in 1915–20; after the Duchesse de La Vallière (1644–1710), one of the mistresses of Louis XIV


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What is a lavaliere?

Lavaliere is a shortening of lavaliere microphone, a small microphone that is attached to the clothing at the neckline and is either wireless or has a wire hidden within the wearer’s clothes. 

Lavaliere microphones are especially used in television studio recording but are also used for other types of events, such as in-the-field recording, live performances, or local gatherings. Lavaliere microphones are also known as lapel mikes, lavs, and lav mics.

A lavaliere is also a pendant or similar ornament worn around the neck on a chain. Lavalieres are often large or very detailed and artistic and can be worn on a small chain to draw attention to the pendant itself rather than the whole item. Most lavalieres feature genuine or imitation precious stones or jewels. 

Example: Hwan made sure his lavaliere was attached to his collar before the show started.

Where does lavaliere come from?

The first records of the term lavaliere come from around the 1910s. It comes from the title Duchesse de La Vallière. In the late 1600s, the Duchesse de La Vallière, Louise-Françoise de La Baume le Blanc, was a mistress of King Louis XIV of France. Wearing decorative pendants became a fashion trend during that period and was possibly inspired by de La Baume le Blanc, as she was known for her style and fashion.

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What are some other forms related to lavaliere?

  • lav (shortening)
  • lavalier (alternative spelling)
  • lavallière (alternative spelling)

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How is lavaliere used in real life?

Lavaliere is frequently used to refer to either a microphone or a pendant.

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Is lavaliere used correctly in the following sentence?

“Marie’s costume jewelry collection featured many lavalieres from the 1920s.”




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