\ˈpan \

Definition of panne 

1 : a silk or rayon velvet with lustrous pile flattened in one direction

called also panne velvet

2 : a heavy silk or rayon satin with high luster and waxy smoothness

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Sprinkle with the panne grattato or breadcrumbs, Parmigiano, and parsley. Natalina Lopez, Town & Country, "The Eggplant Parmigiana Recipe from the New Del Posto Cookbook," 1 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of panne

circa 1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for panne

French, from Old French penne, panne fur used for lining, from Latin pinna feather, wing — more at pen

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