Definitions

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

  • adj. Too much or too many; excessive or superfluous: In retrospect the elaborate preparations seemed de trop.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. excessive or superfluous

from The 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.

Etymologies

French : de, of, in + trop, excess.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French de ("of") + trop ("too much") (Wiktionary)

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  • "You're a rose,
    You're Inferno's Dante,
    You're the nose
    On the great Durante.
    I'm just in the way,
    As the French would say, "de trop".
    But if, baby, I'm the bottom,
    You're the top!"

    --from "You're the Top!" by Cole Porter

    September 24, 2014

  • From the book Magician's Land: "I was going to say, 'Consider yourself annexed, bitch!' or something like that, but sometimes an exit line just feels de trop, you know?"
    Last page of chapter 12. No page numbers in the ebook, only a percentage - 40% complete.

    September 24, 2014

  • "Last year I was in the Provence region of France, and while I wrote about hiking across the Petit Luberon massif, I claimed that I’d cried off climbing the premier peak in the vicinity — the 1,914-meter (6,279.5 feet) Mont Ventoux — because to do so would be de trop."

    The New York Times, Garment District, by Will Self, August 26, 2008

    August 28, 2008