volte–face

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noun \ˌvȯlt-ˈfäs, ˌvȯl-tə-\

Definition of volte–face

  1. :  a reversal in policy :  about-face

Origin and Etymology of volte–face

French, from Italian voltafaccia, from voltare to turn + faccia face, from Vulgar Latin *facia — more at volt, face


First Known Use: 1819


VOLTE–FACE Defined for English Language Learners

volte–face

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noun \ˌvȯlt-ˈfäs, ˌvȯl-tə-\

Definition of volte–face for English Language Learners

  • : a complete change of attitude or opinion


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