ba·​teau | \ ba-ˈtō \
variants: or less commonly
plural bateaux\ ba-​ˈtō(z) \ also batteaux

Definition of bateau

: any of various small craft especially : a flat-bottomed boat with raked bow and stern and flaring sides

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The shimmery ensemble—which featured a bateau neckline, leg slit, and wrap detailing—was reminiscent of Princess Diana's boundary-pushing royal style. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Sequin Gown Reminds Us of Princess Diana's Iconic Dresses," 16 Jan. 2019 For example, Meghan Markle changed out of her bateau-neck Clare Waight Keller design, and into a more fashion-forward look by Stella McCartney for the reception at Frogmore House. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Everything We Know About Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress," 19 July 2018 Today the Duchess was spotted during her tour of Ireland with her husband in an olive bateau-neck dress by Roland Mouret. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Boatneck Neckline Is Officially Meghan Markle's Signature," 11 July 2018 Throughout these events, Meghan's managed to single-handedly bring back the bateau neckline, do her own makeup (flawlessly, by the way) on the road, and face the intense public scrutiny over her every move. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra Says Meghan Markle Is 'Doing Amazing' After Marrying Prince Harry," 13 July 2018 The most standout feature of Meghan Markle's custom Givenchy wedding gown was its bateau neckline—a more conservative look compared to Kate Middleton's lacey, deep-V neckline. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Boatneck Neckline Is Officially Meghan Markle's Signature," 11 July 2018 The Duchess began her day in a bespoke Dior little black dress that drew comparisons to her elegant white Givenchy wedding gown, due to its bateau neckline, fitted waist, and flared skirt. Cady Lang, Time, "Meghan Markle Changed Her Outfit Five Times In 24 Hours," 11 July 2018 Markle started today off in a gray bespoke Roland Mouret dress (with a bateau neckline, naturally)., "Meghan Markle Isn’t Afraid To Wear The Pants," 11 July 2018 For the day of celebrations, Meghan is wearing a black dress with a bateau neckline, which is reportedly by Dior. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Channels Audrey Hepburn for a Day of Events Marking the 100th Anniversary of the RAF," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of bateau

1711, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bateau

Canadian French, from French, from Old French batel, from Old English bāt boat — more at boat

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