papier-mâché

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noun

pa·​pier-mâ·​ché ˌpā-pər-mə-ˈshā How to pronounce papier-mâché (audio)
ˌpa-ˌpyā-mə-,
-(ˌ)ma-
: a light strong molding material of wastepaper pulped with glue and other additives

papier-mâché

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adjective

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: formed of papier-mâché
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Examples of papier-mâché in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Attach ribbons to papier-mache gourds with hot-glue and suspend from a chandelier. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Oct. 2023
Adjective
In other cities, activists held flash mobs, created street murals and a papier-mache orca, cut up credit cards, sang, marched and danced. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Mar. 2023 In the Cocoanut Grove at the Ambassador Hotel, a swanky and exotic celebrity haunt, among papier-mache palm trees and monkey motifs. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2023 Look for Roxanne Swentzell’s 11-foot-tall sculpture of clay and plant fiber, Mud Woman Rolls On and life-size papier-mache figures by masters of the Mexican cartonería tradition. Robin Soslow, Chron, 26 Feb. 2023 And don’t miss the bonecos, giant papier-mache puppets, in Olinda. Forrest Brown, CNN, 19 Feb. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

French, literally, chewed paper

First Known Use

Noun

1753, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of papier-mâché was in 1753

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Cite this Entry

“Papier-mâché.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/papier-m%C3%A2ch%C3%A9. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

papier-mâché

noun
pa·​pier-mâ·​ché
ˌpā-pər-mə-ˈshā,
ˌpap-ˌyā-mə-;
-(ˌ)ma-
: a light strong molding material made of paper pulp mixed with glue and other substances
papier-mâché adjective
Etymology

Noun

French, literally, "chewed paper"

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