Meaning of “cleavage” in the English Dictionary

"cleavage" in British English

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cleavagenoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈkliː.vɪdʒ/ us /ˈkliː.vɪdʒ/

cleavage noun [ C or U ] (BODY AREA)

the narrow space between a woman's breasts, that is seen when she wears a piece of clothing that does not cover the top of them:

Clare was wearing a low-cut dress that showed off her cleavage.

cleavage noun [ C or U ] (DISAGREEMENT)

formal (a) division or disagreement:

There is a marked cleavage between the parties about the government's defence policy.

(Definition of “cleavage” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cleavage" in American English

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cleavagenoun [ U ]

us /ˈkli·vɪdʒ/

earth science the tendency of a mineral (= hard substance obtained from the earth) to break in a particular way because of its structure

(Definition of “cleavage” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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