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[lav-uh-leer, lah-vuh-] /ˌlæv əˈlɪər, ˌlɑ və-/
an ornamental pendant, usually jeweled, worn on a chain around the neck.
Also, lavalier, lavallière
[French la-va-lyer] /French la vaˈlyɛr/ (Show IPA)
Origin of lavaliere
1915-20; after the Duchesse de La Vallière (1644-1710), one of the mistresses of Louis XIV Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Out went the shotgun and lavalier microphones, with their ability to isolate a voice in a crowd and get decent audio.
  • Better yet, use a lavalier mike clipped to your lapel, rather than mounted on the camera.
  • Two lavalier and two hand-held wireless microphones.
  • Individual lavalier microphones will not be attached to applicant lapels.
Word Origin and History for lavalier

kind of ornament that hangs around the neck, from French lavallière, a kind of tie, after Louise Françoise de La Baume Le Blanc de La Vallière, Duchesse de La Vallière (1644-1710), mistress of Louis XIV from 1661-1667.


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