papier-mâché

noun
pa·pier-mâ·ché | \ˌpā-pər-mə-ˈshā, ˌpa-ˌpyā-mə-, -(ˌ)ma-\

Definition of papier-mâché 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a light strong molding material of wastepaper pulped with glue and other additives

papier-mâché

adjective

Definition of papier-mâché (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : formed of papier-mâché

First Known Use of papier-mâché

Noun

1753, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for papier-mâché

Noun

French, literally, chewed paper

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papier-mâché

noun

English Language Learners Definition of papier-mâché

: a material that is made of paper mixed with water, glue, and other substances and that hardens as it dries

papier-mâché

noun
pa·pier-mâ·ché | \ˌpā-pər-mə-ˈshā, ˌpa-ˌpyā-\

Kids Definition of papier-mâché

: material made of paper mixed with glue and other substances that hardens as it dries

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