dé·​ga·​gé ˌdā-ˌgä-ˈzhā How to pronounce dégagé (audio)
: free of constraint : nonchalant
: being free and easy
clothes with a dégagé look
: extended with toe pointed in preparation for a ballet step

Word History


French, from past participle of dégager to put at ease, from Old French desgagier to redeem a pledge, free, from des- de- + gage pledge — more at gage

First Known Use

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dégagé was in 1696

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Cite this Entry

“Dégagé.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/d%C3%A9gag%C3%A9. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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