watteau back

Wat·teau back
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wo-toh bak]
    • /wɒˈtoʊ bæk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wo-toh bak]
    • /wɒˈtoʊ bæk/

Definitions of watteau back words

  • noun watteau back a loose, full back of a woman's gown, formed by wide box pleats hanging from a high shoulder yoke and extending to the hem in an unbroken line. 1
  • noun watteau back a section at the back of a woman's dress that is caught in pleats or gathers at the neck and falls unbelted to the floor 0
  • noun watteau back The back of a woman's gown in which one or more very broad folds are carried from the neck to the floor without being held in at the waist, while the front and sides of the gown are shaped to the person and have a belt or its equivalent. 0

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Origin of watteau back

First appearance:

before 1895
One of the 18% newest English words
First recorded in 1895-1900; after a type of gown depicted in paintings by Watteau

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watteau back popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 34% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 60% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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