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

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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 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

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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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