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prêt-à-porter

[pret-ah-pawr-tey, -pohr-] /ˌprɛt ɑ pɔrˈteɪ, -poʊr-/
noun
1.
ready-to-wear clothing.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; < French: translation of ready-to-wear
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Word Origin and History for pret a porter
adj.

1957, from French prêt à porter, "ready-to-wear." For pret, see presto. Porter is literally "to carry," from Latin portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)). For a similar sense evolution, cf. German kleider tragen.

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