decolletage

décolletage

[dey-kol-tahzh, -kol-uh-, dek-uh-luh-; French dey-kawl-tazh]
noun
1.
the neckline of a dress cut low in the front or back and often across the shoulders.
2.
a décolleté garment or costume.
Also, decolletage.


Origin:
1890–95; < French, equivalent to décollet(er) (see décolleté + -age -age

décolletage, décolleté, dishabille.
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décolletage (ˌdeɪkɒlˈtɑːʒ, French dekɔltaʒ)
 
n
a low-cut neckline or a woman's garment with a low neck
 
[C19: from French; see décolleté]

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decolletage
1894, from décolleté "low-necked" (1831), from Fr. décolleter "to bare the neck and shoulders," from des- "from" + collet, dim. of col (L. collum) "neck" (see collar).
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