(lah-vah-LEER, lah-vahl-YAIR) [French, after the duchess of La Vallière] An ornamental pendant, often jeweled, worn on a thin chain around the neck. Also, a small microphone that can be worn on a necklace for purposes of concealment.

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  • lavaliere — la va liere , lavallier la val lier , or La valliere La val liere , n. [after the Duchesse de La Valliere, a mistress of Louis XI. RHUD.] A neck ornament consisting of a chain and single jewelled pendant, or drop; also, the pendant itself.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lavaliere — see LAVALIER (Cf. lavalier) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lavaliere — or lavalier also Fr [ lȧ vȧ lyer′lav΄ə lir′, lä΄vəlir′] n. [Fr lavallière, kind of tie, after Duchesse de La Vallière (1644 1710), mistress of Louis XIV] an ornament hanging from a chain, worn around the neck: also lavallière also Fr [ lȧ vȧ… …   English World dictionary

  • lavaliere — /lav euh lear , lah veuh /, n. 1. an ornamental pendant, usually jeweled, worn on a chain around the neck. 2. See lavaliere microphone. Also, lavalier, lavallière Fr. /lann vann lyerdd /. [1915 20; after the Duchesse de La Vallière (1644 1710),… …   Universalium

  • lavaliere — 1. adjective Worn on the chest. Generally in the term lavaliere microphone. 2. noun A pendant on a chain …   Wiktionary

  • Lavaliere —    Louis XIV, the Sun King, was married to the Austrian Marie Therese, for whom he cared little because she reputedly had hair between her breasts. Louis XIV fancied Henrietta, the wife of his brother, Philip of Orleans. So that the queen would… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • lavaliere — noun jeweled pendant worn on a chain around the neck • Syn: ↑lavalier, ↑lavalliere • Hypernyms: ↑pendant, ↑pendent * * * /lav euh lear , lah veuh /, n. 1. an ornamental pendant, usually jeweled, worn on a chain around the neck …   Useful english dictionary

  • lavaliere — also lavalliere noun Etymology: French lavallière necktie with a large knot Date: 1906 a pendant on a fine chain that is worn as a necklace …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lavaliere — n. pendant worn on a chain around the neck …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lavaliere — lava·liere …   English syllables

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