Decolletage vs. Decollete - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Decolletage

    Décolletage (or décolleté, its adjectival form, in current French) is a term used in woman's fashion referring to the upper part of a woman's torso, comprising her neck, shoulders, back and upper chest, that is exposed by the neckline of her clothing. The term is most commonly used in Western female fashions, and is most commonly applied to a neckline that reveals or emphasizes cleavage. Low-cut necklines are a feature of ball gowns, evening gowns, leotards, lingerie and swimsuits, among other fashions. Although décolletage does not itself prescribe the extent of exposure of a woman's upper chest, the design of a décolleté garment takes into account current fashions, aesthetics, social norms and the occasion when a garment will be worn. Though neckline styles have varied in Western societies and décolletage may be regarded as aesthetic and an expression of femininity, in some parts of the world any décolletage is considered provocative and shocking.

  • Decollete

    Décolletage (or décolleté, its adjectival form, in current French) is a term used in woman's fashion referring to the upper part of a woman's torso, comprising her neck, shoulders, back and upper chest, that is exposed by the neckline of her clothing. The term is most commonly used in Western female fashions, and is most commonly applied to a neckline that reveals or emphasizes cleavage. Low-cut necklines are a feature of ball gowns, evening gowns, leotards, lingerie and swimsuits, among other fashions. Although décolletage does not itself prescribe the extent of exposure of a woman's upper chest, the design of a décolleté garment takes into account current fashions, aesthetics, social norms and the occasion when a garment will be worn. Though neckline styles have varied in Western societies and décolletage may be regarded as aesthetic and an expression of femininity, in some parts of the world any décolletage is considered provocative and shocking.

Wiktionary

  • Decolletage (noun)

    alternative spelling of décolletage

  • Decollete (adjective)

    Having a low-cut neckline.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Decolletage (noun)

    a low neckline on a woman's dress or top.

  • Decolletage (noun)

    a woman's cleavage as revealed by a low neckline on a dress or top.

  • Decollete (adjective)

    (of a woman's dress or top) having a low neckline.

  • Decollete (noun)

    a low neckline on a woman's dress or top.

Webster Dictionary

  • Decolletage (noun)

    The upper border or part of a low-cut (i.e., décolleté) dress.

  • Decolletage (noun)

    the exposed upper parts of the breasts of a woman wearing a low-cut dress.

  • Decollete (adjective)

    Leaving the neck and shoulders uncovered; cut low in the neck, or low-necked, as a dress.

  • Decollete (adjective)

    Wearing a décolleté gown.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Decolletage (noun)

    a low-cut neckline on a woman's dress

  • Decollete (adjective)

    (of a garment) having a low-cut neckline;

    "a low neckline"

Illustrations

Decolletage

Decollete

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