American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Too much or too many; excessive or superfluous: In retrospect the elaborate preparations seemed de trop.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Literally, too much; hence, in the way; not wanted: applied to a person whose presence is inconvenient: as, he saw he was de trop, and therefore retired.
- From French de ("of") + trop ("too much") (Wiktionary)
- French : de, of, in + trop, excess. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She finds herself at five or six-and-thirty a burden to her friends, destitute of the means of rendering herself independent (for the girls I speak of never think of learning to play cards), de trop in society, yet obliged to hang upon all her acquaintance, who wish her in heaven, because she is unqualified to make the expected return for civilities, having no home, I mean no establishment, no house, &c. fit for the reception of company of a certain rank.”
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