pas·​sé | \ pa-ˈsā How to pronounce passé (audio) \

Definition of passé

1 : past one's prime
2a : outmoded
b : behind the times

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Examples of passé in a Sentence

That style of music is now considered passé. that literary style is a bit passé nowadays
Recent Examples on the Web 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 This isn't the first time Starbucks has decided old media is too passe for its cafes. Madeline Purdue, USA TODAY, 12 July 2019 This isn't the first time Starbucks has decided old media is too passe for its cafes. CBS News, 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of passé

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for passé

French, from past participle of passer

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“Passé.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of passé

: no longer fashionable or popular


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