prêt-à-porter

[ pret-ah-pawr-tey, -pohr- ]
/ ˌprɛt ɑ pɔrˈteɪ, -poʊr- /

noun

ready-to-wear clothing.

Origin of prêt-à-porter

1955–60; < French: translation of ready-to-wear
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Word Origin and History for pret a porter

pret a porter


adj.

1957, from French prêt à porter, "ready-to-wear." For pret, see presto. Porter is literally "to carry," from Latin portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)). For a similar sense evolution, cf. German kleider tragen.

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