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derrière

[der-ee-air; French de-ryer] /ˌdɛr iˈɛər; French dɛˈryɛr/
noun
1.
the buttocks; rump.
Also, derriere.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; < French (preposition, noun); Old French deriere < Vulgar Latin *dē retrō, for Latin retrō towards the rear, backwards; cf. arrear
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Examples for derriere
  • But anyway, you get one shot a month in your derriere and for the next month you go through varying stages of menopause.
  • One second she is in full stride, the next she is sliding on her derriere.
  • As for high-heels, they hoist the derrière and make the gait more feminine and physically attractive.
British Dictionary definitions for derriere

derrière

/ˌdɛrɪˈɛə; French dɛrjɛr/
noun
1.
(euphemistic) the buttocks
Word Origin
C18: literally: behind (prep), from Old French deriere, from Latin dē retrō from the back
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Word Origin and History for derriere
n.

1774, from French derrière "back part, rear," originally an adverb, "behind, behind the back" (12c.), from Late Latin deretro, from Latin de "from" (see de-) + retro "back" (see retro-).

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