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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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 A pointillist landscape on an egg-shape cape turned out to be made from thousands of tiny fur paillettes. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "At Couture Fashion Week, An Antidote to the Instagram Age," 8 July 2017 Elle Fanning Has Taken Branding to the Next Level Onetime Miu Miu campaign star Elle Fanning arrived at the label's show today in a Fall 2017 pink paillette dress with a temporary tattoo on the back of her neck reading— Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Vroom Vroom! Miu Miu's Automotive Mavens Take Resort 2018," 2 July 2017 The centerpiece of the ceremony was Swarvoski's dress — a princess A-line style with laser-cut flowers, paillettes, and 500,000 Swarovski crystals, according to People. Braelyn Wood, Cosmopolitan, "This Swarovski Heiress's Wedding Is Basically a Real-Life Fairytale," 21 June 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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