from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A low neckline on a woman's garment, especially a dress.
  • n. A dress with a low neckline in front.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A low neckline on a woman's dress, especially one that reveals or emphasizes her cleavage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The upper border or part of a low-cut (i.e., décolleté) dress.
  • n. the exposed upper parts of the breasts of a woman wearing a low-cut dress.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In dressmaking: The state of being cut low in the neck: said of the bodice or waist of a dress.
  • n. The low-cut neck itself of a bodice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a low-cut neckline on a woman's dress


French, from décolleté, having a low neckline; see décolleté.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French décolletage. (Wiktionary)


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