ou·​tré | \ ü-ˈtrā How to pronounce outré (audio) \

Definition of outré

: violating convention or propriety : bizarre

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His art is a bit too outré for most people to enjoy. an actor known more for his outré offscreen antics than for his on-screen performances
Recent Examples on the Web Many an outre fashion statement was photographed and breathlessly described at the Tonys. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Terrence McNally's lifetime award speech at the Tonys was ignored — but it was the most important of the night," 12 June 2019 Kelela also has an ear for blending outre electronic instrumentation that seems to swoon under her powerful voice. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Singer-songwriter Kelela invites listeners into the dreamlike intimacy of her debut album," 27 Oct. 2017 Buffalo Bills’ quarterback Tyrod Taylor has a penchant for sartorially astute three-piece suits, while the Denver Broncos’ outside linebacker Von Miller takes a more outre approach with his big ol’ Burt Reynolds glasses and cowboy hats. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Is the NFL Becoming the National Fashion League?," 24 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of outré

1722, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for outré

French, from past participle of outrer to go beyond, carry to excess, from Old French ultrer, utrer, from ultre, outre beyond

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“Outré.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outr%C3%A9. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of outré

formal : very strange, unusual, or shocking

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