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Aug 31, 2010
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Terms from French

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agent provocateur
decolletage
enfant terrible
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decolletage or décolletage

PRONUNCIATION:
(day-kol-TAZH, -kol-uh-)

MEANING:
noun: A low neckline on a woman's dress.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French décolleter (to expose the neck), from de- (away) + collet (collar), diminutive of col (neck).

USAGE:
"If you order The Proposal [as an in-flight movie on Saudi Arabian Airlines], you get a blurry blob over Sandra Bullock's modest decolletage, and even her clavicles."
Maureen Dowd; A Girls' Guide to Saudi Arabia; Vanity Fair (New York); Aug 2010.

See more usage examples of decolletage in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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