décolleté

[dey-kol-tey, -kol-uh-, dek-uh-luh-; French dey-kawl-tey]
adjective
1.
(of a garment) low-necked.
2.
wearing a low-necked garment.
Also, decollete.


Origin:
1825–35; < French: past participle of décolleter to bare the neck, equivalent to dé- de- + collet collar (see -et) + -er infinitive suffix

décolletage, décolleté, dishabille.
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décolleté (deɪˈkɒlteɪ, French dekɔlte)
 
adj
1.  (of a woman's garment) low-cut
2.  wearing a low-cut garment
 
n
3.  a low-cut neckline
 
[C19: from French décolleter to cut out the neck (of a dress), from collet collar]

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decollete
1831, from Fr. décolleté, pp. of décolleter "to expose the neck," from de- + collet "collar of a dress" (see collet).
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