pail·​lette | \ pī-ˈyet , pā-ˈyet, pə-ˈlet \

Definition of paillette

1 : a small shiny object (such as a spangle) applied in clusters as a decorative trimming (as on women's clothing)
2 : a trimming made of paillettes

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For its Fall 2013 Artisanal show, the studio team decked it out with flower paillettes to echo the floral arrangements on tops and dresses. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "In Honor of Beyoncé’s September Cover, the Best Floral Headpieces on the Runway," 7 Aug. 2018 The sheer top was crafted from tulle, and embellished with mother-of-pearl paillettes, crystal seed beads, Swarovski crystals, and satin-colored buttons; according to the brand, this portion of the dress took 1,826 hours alone to make. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Here's Your First Look at Priyanka Chopra's Ralph Lauren Wedding Dress," 4 Dec. 2018 And while there were plenty of sartorial award winners—sequins, feathers, and paillettes, oh my!—attention must be also paid to the showstopping beauty looks that graced the red carpet this evening. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Looks From the 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards," 6 Nov. 2018 Johnson’s dress employed a trompe l’oeil effect in the form of an oversize bow on her left hip that was furnished with twinkling paillettes. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Dakota Johnson Has Her Most Magical Red Carpet Moment of the Year," 16 Oct. 2018 It was made of silver paillettes that adorned the body with studded leather sleeves. Kate Young, Vogue, "Kate Young’s Met Gala 2018 Adventures: Tiaras, Matcha, and Some Sparkle from Coach," 17 May 2018 The front boasted a panel that was covered in metallic paillettes, while the side panels seemed to be made of a golden woven fabric. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Wore a Gold Versace Dress on Her 23rd Birthday," 24 Apr. 2018 Switching into a rainbow paillette–covered dress from Attico post-show, Perry continued her pattern of upbeat fashions. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Katy Perry Got Her Groove Back—Just in Time For American Idol," 4 Oct. 2017 Some of the dresses were covered with metallic paillettes for a looks that are nighttime chic, yet clearly meant to be worn in the day. Elizabeth Wellington,, "According to Tory Burch, next spring's garden party attire is all about the flowy, the florals and the flats," 8 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of paillette

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for paillette

French, from paille straw — more at pallet

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