der·​ri·​ere | \ ˌder-ē-ˈer How to pronounce derriere (audio) , ˌde-rē- \
variants: or derrière

Definition of derriere

: the part of the body a person sits on : buttocks used euphemisticallyNot 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

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Examples of derriere in a Sentence

I slipped on the ice and fell on my derriere. swimsuits that should be worn only by those with tight little derrieres
Recent Examples on the Web Hamler, a second-round draft pick from Penn State, caught the pass and slid out of bounds on his derriere before Chargers cornerback Tevaughn Campbell located the ball. Emmanuel Morgan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "How did Chargers lose another heartbreaker? Let’s look at the last drive," 1 Nov. 2020 Kim has always been, somewhat questionably, famous for her derriere. Washington Post, "‘You’re doing amazing, sweetie’: 20 unforgettable moments from ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’," 18 Sep. 2020 Like bikini underwear, cheeky styles show more of your derriere. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, "A Mini Deep Dive of 10 Different Types of Underwear for Women," 15 June 2020 The classic design slides onto most toilets and attaches to a water source to deliver a derriere-cleansing stream. Braelyn Wood,, "The 15 Best Father’s Day Gifts Your Dad Can Actually Use During Quarantine," 11 June 2020 Ever had to ask someone to give you a shot in the derriere? Anneclaire Stapleton, CNN, "How a crazy life prepared me to take Covid-19 in stride," 8 May 2020 Sandoval — and his mother in law — are among the many in recent weeks who have taken the plunge and bought a bidet, or some sort of derriere-spritzer, in hopes of reducing their trips to the store and reliance on toilet paper. Melissa Pandika,, "Coronavirus in the Bay Area: And now they’re hoarding bidets," 31 Mar. 2020 Bloomberg had been quoted days before commenting coarsely about the derriere of a woman in a tight red dress. Anchorage Daily News, "One Mike Bloomberg spent $340 million on carefully polished ads. The other Mike Bloomberg stepped onstage in Wednesday’s debate.," 21 Feb. 2020 The clothes that Jacobs put on the runway reflected those many stages: pastel swing coats as fresh as an Easter Sunday suit, tailored trousers with crewneck sweaters, a grand shimmering party dress with a flamboyant derriere bow. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "Fashion Week celebrated what it means to dream — culminating in this one moving Marc Jacobs moment," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of derriere

1774, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for derriere

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

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“Derriere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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humorous : the part of the body you sit on

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