Definition of décolleté in English:

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Pronunciation: /deɪˈkɒlteɪ/
(also décolletée)


(Of a woman’s dress or top) having a low neckline.
Example sentences
  • Samantha runs into a hockey player she once slept with, who has taken to wearing a blond wig, weapons-grade mascara, and décolleté dresses - and who has renamed himself Samantha, in tribute to his ‘role model.’
  • It's all high glamour, décolleté dresses, the Riviera of the jet set and rien ne va plus.
  • Even more annoying to her was the fact that she was thus unable to wear any of her beautiful, décolleté evening dresses, of which she had quite a collection.


A low neckline on a woman’s dress or top.
Example sentences
  • Its bodice fitted like a second skin, the décolleté covered by gossamer, skin-coloured netting upon which sparkled, embroidered stones.
  • A rather round woman in a décolleté was sitting at a scarred harpsichord, howling out a bawdy drinking song.


Mid 19th century: French, past participle of décolleter 'expose the neck'.

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