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)

Examples

  • 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.

    Belinda

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  • "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