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Definition of risqué

: verging on impropriety or indecency : off-color a risqué joke

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Examples of risqué in a Sentence

a song with risqué lyrics the bridal shower was filled with risqué banter and laughter
Recent Examples on the Web Storm Large The torch singer, known for her work with the quirky ensemble Pink Martini, performs in a risque cabaret show recorded at Feinstein’s/54 Below in Manhattan. 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "Hershey Felder salutes Irving Berlin, plus 13 other must-sees on Mother’s Day weekend," 9 May 2020 There are masks that would be too risque for the office, if the office were open. Washington Post, "Masks are changing the way we look at each other, and ourselves," 19 May 2020 Speaking to the Boy Scout Jamboree, Trump breaks protocol and and angers parents by bragging about his election win, criticizing the media and telling a somewhat risque story involving a yacht. Ryan Teague Beckwith, Time, "The Year in Trump: Memorable Moments From the President's First Year in Office," 11 Jan. 2018 Playboy is pulling the plug on the print edition of the once-risque magazine — coveted by roughly half the population for its glamorous photos of nude women and even some of its articles — citing the novel coronavirus as hastening the decision. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Coronavirus kills 66-year-old Playboy," 19 Mar. 2020 As Brzezinski pointed out, the Super Bowl didn’t shy away from airing Shakira and Jennifer Lopez's risque half-time show, which some critics said objectified women. NBC News, "'Too graphic'? The Oscars axed this ad about the realities of postpartum motherhood," 9 Mar. 2020 Fans may remember this trip to Anguilla and St. Barts from a risque Instagram post Bieber shared at the time, featuring the couple locking lips and fueling romance rumors. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Justin Bieber Impresses Hailey Baldwin on the Tennis Court in Sweet Throwback Video," 14 Jan. 2020 Walmart removed several pieces of holiday merchandise from its Canadian website after customers took offense to a line of risque Christmas clothing. BostonGlobe.com, "Walmart removes Christmas clothing that likens snow to cocaine," 11 Dec. 2019 Walmart removed several pieces of holiday merchandise from its Canadian website after customers took offense to a line of risque Christmas clothing. Deanna Paul, Anchorage Daily News, "Walmart pulls Christmas sweaters that mixed Santa with sex and cocaine," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of risqué

1867, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for risqué

French, from past participle of risquer to risk, from risque

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The first known use of risqué was in 1867

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Cite this Entry

“Risqué.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/risqu%C3%A9. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of risqué

: referring to sex in a rude and slightly shocking way

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