pas·​sé pa-ˈsā How to pronounce passé (audio)
: past one's prime
: behind the times

Example Sentences

That style of music is now considered passé. that literary style is a bit passé nowadays
Recent Examples on the Web The band paid their Hollywood dues for years, including a late ‘70s to early ‘80s period when hard-rock/metal was considered completely passe. Matt Wake |, al, 19 May 2022 Right now, the thought of a single-purpose device like the iPod can feel hopelessly passe. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 Sticking to remote work where one’s spare bedroom becomes the backdrop to important business meetings is becoming quite passe. Michael Alpiner, Forbes, 28 June 2021 La visibilité trans, et donc la lutte contre la transphobie, passe aussi par l'exercice de responsabilités politiques ou publiques. NBC News, 24 May 2020 Stock exchange businesses reliant on volatile volumes are increasingly passe in a world of computerized trading. Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2019 Start-up incubators are a bit passe and involve actual work. Naomi Datta, Quartz India, 15 Dec. 2019 Printed books aren’t just passe, they have been unfairly associated with ideas about elitism and the life of mind, which terrify museum professionals on this side of the Atlantic. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2019 Post-independence, Indians adopted it as an alternative to the business suit, although it’s now seen as passe. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, 23 Jan. 2019 See More

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Word History


French, from past participle of passer

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of passé was in 1775

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Cite this Entry

“Passé.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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