Illustration by Freeman Elliot c. 1950
1. cessation or suspension of hostilities, see surcease.
2. peace; quiet.
Etymology: from French & Old French surseoir.
the upper part of a woman’s torso, between her waist and neck, comprising her neck, shoulders, back and chest, that is exposed by the neckline of her clothing. However, the term is most commonly applied to a neckline that reveals or emphasizes cleavage.
Etymology: borrowing from French décolletage, from décolleter “to reveal the neck or neckline”.
Untitled (Bouaké, Ivory Coast, 1967)
(with thanks to jon-garcia)
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