der·​ri·​ere ˌder-ē-ˈer How to pronounce derriere (audio)
variants or derrière
: the part of the body a person sits on : buttocks
used euphemistically
Not only do most federal, state, and local parks and open spaces strictly prohibit taking any part of a plant, let alone digging up the whole thing, but try this on private land and you might be digging buckshot out of your derriere instead.Jerry EmoryLiposuction is also the best way to treat lumpy derrieres and remove saddle bags.Mary Ellen Banashek

Example Sentences

I slipped on the ice and fell on my derriere. wore a jacket that reached just below the derriere
Recent Examples on the Web Or how about a human derriere made out of soy wax? Annie Werner, WSJ, 15 Apr. 2021 The leggings have a butt-scrunch design meant to highlight your derriere, come in 94 colors including bright options and tie-dye varieties, and are available in sizes XS to 4XL. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 7 Mar. 2023 Ford buffing a male model’s derriere. Blue Carreon, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 Delicate ruching and a low cut hip makes this suit a great option for those who want a bit more coverage on their derriere, while the halter style gives it a touch of vintage flare. Meg Donohue, Town & Country, 18 Jan. 2023 Fans called on Nintendo and Illumination, the studio working on the film, to increase the plumber’s should-be-extraordinary derriere. Gene Park, Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2022 On September 29, the 26-year-old Scorpio debuted the image of large scorpion representing her star sign right on her derriere. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 29 Sep. 2022 For instance, her latest creation — the Corgi Butter Butt — consists of a brioche bun in the likeness of her Corgi's derriere. Monique Jessen,, 19 July 2022 The techniques Shipherd uses to help star athletes reclaim their A game are essentially the same as those that might apply to a middle-aged woman who fell on her derriere: positive self-talk and baby steps. Elizabeth Heath, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 See More

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Word History


French derrière, from Old French derrier back part, rear, from derier, adverb, behind, from Late Latin deretro, from Latin de from + retro back

First Known Use

1774, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of derriere was in 1774

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Cite this Entry

“Derriere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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