- an ornamental pendant, usually jeweled, worn on a chain around the neck.
- lavaliere microphone.
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
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Related Wordsstrand, jewelry, choker, pendant, string, pearls, locket, lavalliere, carcanet, riviere
Examples from the Web for lavalliere
"Do not be afraid of me," replied Maille, clasping Lavalliere to his breast.
Thus Lavalliere found himself abandoned by everyone like a leper.
Now all the ladies were jealous of La Limeuil, who at that time was thinking of yielding to the handsome Lavalliere.
Lavalliere, terrified, caught her and placed his hand upon her heart, below a breast of matchless beauty.
To these cruel delights, in order to properly play his part, Lavalliere could not refuse his sanction.
Word Origin and History for lavalliere
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