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Friday, June 03, 2011

Definitions for decollete

  1. (Of a garment) low-necked.
  2. Wearing a low-necked garment.

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Citations for decollete
Since it was essential that a masquerade costume be decollete, she had devised a backless costume, the front cut to display her over-full bust and with one long sleeve to cover her right arm. Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
There was a pearl-handled fan made of large, colored feathers; there was a faded silk, cream-colored parasol; there was a long, tea-colored ruffled voile dress which had huge pleats and a decollete neck-line; and there was a pair of fragile, high-heeled slippers. Richard Wright, The Outsider
Origin of decollete
1825-1835
Decollete is a loan word from the French décolleter, "to expose the neck," from de + collet "collar of a dress."