prêt-à-porter

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

1957, re-borrowing from English of French prêt-à-porter (1951), from English ready-to-wear.[1]

Adjective[edit]

prêt-à-porter (not comparable)

  1. ready-to-wear

Usage notes[edit]

Synonymous with ready-to-wear, of which it is a reborrowing, but somewhat more upscale, due to prestige of French.[1]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Oxford Guide to Etymology, by Philip Durkin, 5. Lexical borrowing, 5.1 Basic concepts and terminology, pp. 213

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

1951, borrowing from French of English ready-to-wear.[1][2]

Adjective[edit]

prêt-à-porter

  1. ready-to-wear, off-the-rack, off-the-peg
    • 1951, Le Figaro, 28 Dec 1951, p.3, col. 6:[1]
      Salon du prêt-à-porter. Entre le prêt à porter et le sur-mesures classique un des plus grands tailleurs de Paris a lancé une formule inédite pour hommes.

Descendents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "prêt-à-porter" in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
  2. ^ The Oxford Guide to Etymology, by Philip Durkin, 5. Lexical borrowing, 5.1 Basic concepts and terminology, pp. 213