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décolleté also: decollete - (various)

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Leo now has:

décolleté also: decollete adj. dekolletiert
décolleté also: decollete adj. tief ausgeschnitten
décolleté also: decollete das Décolleté besonders (Schweiz)
décolleté also: decollete das Dekolletee
cleavage das Dekolleté auch: Dekolletee
plunging neckline tiefes Dekolletee

This entry needs to be changed a bit:

1. The Swiss version should have the same translations as the version with a K.

2. I think the "decollete" with no accents is AmE: it is in Merriam-Webster (for the noun, see below) but not in my Oxford Dictionary of English. This also has "décolletée" (two Es) for the noun or adjective.

3. Even Merriam-Webster doesn't have "decollete" with no accents for the adjective:

Main Entry: 1dé·col·le·té
Function: adjective
1 : wearing a strapless or low-necked dress
2 : having a low-cut neckline

Main Entry: 2décolleté
Variant(s): also de·col·le·te
Function: noun

4. You could add the translation "décolletage":

Main Entry: dé·col·le·tage
Function: noun
1 : the low-cut neckline of a dress http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dec...

Oxford Dict of E: ... a low neckline on a woman's dress or top.
AuthorCM2DD (236324) 24 Apr 07, 11:50




What percentage native speakers of English knows the word "Decollete" ???

1/10 of one percent? Maybe less.

This needs to be marked as a highly OBSCURE WORD in English.

Or maybe it is used in BE, in which case it needs to be marked as BE.

An an AE speaker, I know the word only through German.
#1AuthorBrett17 Aug 10, 19:57
I don't think it's all that obscure in English. I wouldn't personally write it without the accents, but Random House also offers that as a variant.

Perhaps accents like that will be dropped less often, at least in better-quality publications, now that everyone uses computers and has easy access to special characters. Though you would hardly think so when you see how many, for example, Spanish names lose their tildes and accents in English; to me that's just sloppy, but evidently a lot of Americans just can't be bothered.

I also support adding décolletage; not sure décolletée is necessary in English.

#2Authorhm -- us (236141) 17 Aug 10, 20:28
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