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decollete (adj.)

1831, from French décolleté, past participle of décolleter "to bare the neck and shoulders," from de- (see de-) + collet "collar of a dress," diminutive of col (Latin collum) "neck" (see collar (n.)), from *kwel- (1) "revolve, move round." Not to be confused with decollate (v.), which means "to behead."