neck·line | \ ˈnek-ˌlīn \

Definition of neckline 

: the line of the neck opening of a garment

Examples of neckline in a Sentence

The dress has a square neckline.

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This morning, she was seen at the third day of Royal Ascot, otherwise known as Ladies' Day, wearing a white floral dress with a high neckline and a black, brown, and white floral hat. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Arrives at Royal Ascot Ladies' Day in a High-Neck Floral Dress," 21 June 2018 The ponchos came in both long and short styles and were meant to cover up a variety of necklines and hemlines. Carma Hassan, CNN, "A Catholic high school tells girls to cover up at prom or get a modesty poncho. It swiftly backtracks," 1 May 2018 But hemlines slowly crept up, necklines slipped down and sleeves retracted over the shoulder. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "A scandalous, two-piece history of the bikini," 6 July 2018 Beckham selected a streamlined frock from her spring collection which featured a plunging neckline and nary an embellishment. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Victoria Beckham Has a Dressy Date Night with Brooklyn," 27 June 2018 The light beige ensemble also featured a high neckline with caped shoulders. Dana Rose Falcone,, "How Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress Inspired Her Style for Her Girls' Trip with the Queen!," 14 June 2018 Her iconic choice included a bateau neckline and a triple silk organza underskirt. Southern Living, "The Estimated Cost Of Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress," 14 June 2018 Markle's reception dress, a silk-crepe white gown by British designer Stella McCartney, features a halter-style neckline and the same type of effortless elegance as every other element of the bride's wedding-day look. Sam Escobar, Allure, "Meghan Markle Debuts Her Second Dress for the Royal Reception, and It's So Pretty," 19 May 2018 Her dresses had little fluff or flounce and were often strapless with sheer illusion necklines. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "Amsale Aberra, Trendsetting Bridal Gown Designer, Is Dead at 64," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of neckline

1904, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of neckline

: the shape of the opening of a piece of woman's clothing around the neck


neck·line | \ ˈnek-ˌlīn \

Kids Definition of neckline

: the outline of the neck opening of a garment

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