pail·​lette | \ pī-ˈyet How to pronounce paillette (audio) , pā-ˈyet, pə-ˈlet How to pronounce paillette (audio) \

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

Examples of paillette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His paillette flats from 2015 became one of fashion’s most recognizable shoes, recurring season after season in exuberant new textures and materials. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Alessandro Dell’Acqua Departs Rochas," 6 Dec. 2019 Her Schiaparelli Couture hologram gown, hand-beaded with silver paillettes and gold stars, makes her not just a phoenix, but a goddess, too. Harper's BAZAAR, "Double Happiness: The Season's Luckiest Wedding Gowns—In China's Most Heavenly Setting," 30 Sep. 2019 The women strutted and danced as their dresses billowed in the evening air and paillettes twinkled in the spotlights. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "How one Sunday night at Fashion Week re-defined the stories that clothes can tell," 9 Sep. 2019 The Lebanese designer reimagined traditional Chinese drawings through embroideries with sequins, paillettes and sparkle that depicted fauna and flora; elements, the house said, that represent powerful protective spirits in Eastern legend. Washington Post, "Dion, Paltrow mingle with the organic at Valentino couture," 3 July 2019 So for the film’s premiere the actress dressed as matinee idol in a vibrant and glamorous dress of reflective paillettes by Armani Privé. Vogue, "Last Week, Couture and Cool Girls Reigned Supreme," 27 May 2019 There is a silver dress in the collection that appears to be made of elongated metal paillettes, but the show notes reveal it was made from a loom’s heddles cut into sequins and studded with bugle beads. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 10 Collections of the Fall 2019 Season," 8 Mar. 2019 With thousands of gold paillettes covering the tight georgette gown, Harris brought the drama and even managed to overshadow the towering set pieces and props that filled the Microsoft Theatre. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Naomie Harris Goes for Gold in Miu Miu—And Wins," 5 Apr. 2018 Social Media Loves Shine In one of the closer races, sequins and paillettes beat out scarf dressing with a narrow 53 percent win. Vogue, "The Best Fashion Trends of 2018, According to You, Our Instagram Followers," 18 Dec. 2018

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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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“Paillette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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