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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [klee-vij]
    • /ˈkli vɪdʒ/
    • /ˈkliː.vɪdʒ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klee-vij]
    • /ˈkli vɪdʒ/

Definitions of cleavage word

  • countable noun cleavage A woman's cleavage is the space between her breasts, especially the top part which you see if she is wearing a dress with a low neck. 3
  • countable noun cleavage A cleavage between two people or things is a division or disagreement between them. 3
  • noun cleavage the separation between a woman's breasts, esp as revealed by a low-cut dress 3
  • noun cleavage a division or split 3
  • noun cleavage (of crystals) the act of splitting or the tendency to split along definite planes so as to yield smooth surfaces 3
  • noun cleavage (in animals) the repeated division of a fertilized ovum into a solid ball of cells (a morula), which later becomes hollow (a blastula) 3

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Origin of cleavage

First appearance:

before 1810
One of the 40% newest English words
First recorded in 1810-20; cleave2 + -age

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Cleavage


cleavage popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 91% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for cleavage

noun cleavage

  • rift — an opening made by splitting, cleaving, etc.; fissure; cleft; chink.
  • schism — division or disunion, especially into mutually opposed parties.
  • chasm — A chasm is a very deep crack in rock, earth, or ice.
  • division — the act or process of dividing; state of being divided.
  • separation — an act or instance of separating or the state of being separated.

general cleavage

  • neckline — the opening at the neck of a garment, especially of a woman's garment, with reference to its shape or its position on the body: a V-neckline; a high neckline.

Antonyms for cleavage

noun cleavage

  • juncture — a point of time, especially one made critical or important by a concurrence of circumstances: At this juncture, we must decide whether to stay or to walk out.
  • closing — The closing part of an activity or period of time is the final part of it.
  • closure — The closure of a place such as a business or factory is the permanent ending of the work or activity there.
  • solid — having three dimensions (length, breadth, and thickness), as a geometrical body or figure.

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