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décolleté

[dey-kol-tey, -kol-uh-, dek-uh-luh-; French dey-kawl-tey] /ˌdeɪ kɒlˈteɪ, -kɒl ə-, ˌdɛk ə lə-; French deɪ kɔlˈteɪ/
adjective
1.
(of a garment) low-necked.
2.
wearing a low-necked garment.
Also, decollete.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < French: past participle of décolleter to bare the neck, equivalent to dé- de- + collet collar (see -et) + -er infinitive suffix
Can be confused
décolletage, décolleté, dishabille.
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  • They have been known to wear evening dress and decollete gown.
British Dictionary definitions for décolleté

décolleté

/deɪˈkɒlteɪ; French dekɔlte/
adjective
1.
(of a woman's garment) low-cut
2.
wearing a low-cut garment
noun
3.
a low-cut neckline
Word Origin
C19: from French décolleter to cut out the neck (of a dress), from collet collar
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Word Origin and History for décolleté

decollete

adj.

1831, from French décolleté, past participle of décolleter "to bare the neck and shoulders," from de- (see de-) + collet "collar of a dress," diminutive of col (Latin collum) "neck" (see collar (n.)). Not to be confused with decollate, which means "to behead."

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