dé·​col·​le·​té | \ (ˌ)dā-ˌkäl-ˈtā How to pronounce décolleté (audio) , -ˌkȯl-, -lə-ˈtā; also dā-ˈkȯl-tā \

Definition of décolleté

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : wearing a strapless or low-necked dress décolleté young women
2 : having a low-cut neckline a décolleté dress


variants: or less commonly decollete

Definition of décolleté (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of décolleté in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The bodice had an off-the-shoulder decollete, while the shoulder-length puffed sleeves were of silk marquisette. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Mystic Club's costumed merriment at annual bal masque," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of décolleté


1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for décolleté

Adjective and Noun

French, from past participle of décolleter to give a low neckline to, from dé- de- + collet collar, from Old French colet, from col collar, neck, from Latin collum neck

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“Décolleté.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/d%C3%A9collet%C3%A9?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=decoll04. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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