ou·​tré ü-ˈtrā How to pronounce outré (audio)
: violating convention or propriety : bizarre

Example Sentences

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, 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, 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, 24 Oct. 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1722, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of outré was in 1722

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Cite this Entry

“Outré.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outr%C3%A9. Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


ou·​tré ü-ˈtrā How to pronounce outré (audio)
: very strange or unusual : bizarre


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