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 Emory
Liposuction is also the best way to treat lumpy derrieres and remove saddle bags.Mary Ellen Banashek

Examples of derriere in a Sentence

I slipped on the ice and fell on my derriere. wore a jacket that reached just below the derriere
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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 17 Jul. 2024.

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