dé·​clas·​sé ˌdā-ˌkla-ˈsā How to pronounce déclassé (audio)
: fallen or lowered in class, rank, or social position
: of inferior status

Examples of déclassé in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As prevalent as garlic is in American cooking today, for much of the 20th century it was considered an exotic, even declasse, ingredient. Clay Risen, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Dec. 2022 In China, Pabst beer, which is cheap and declasse stateside, is reformulated as Blue Ribbon 1844 and sells for roughly $50 a bottle. Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2021

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Word History


French, from past participle of déclasser to declass

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of déclassé was in 1887

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Cite this Entry

“Déclassé.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/d%C3%A9class%C3%A9. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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