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

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Post-independence, Indians adopted it as an alternative to the business suit, although it’s now seen as passe. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "Why ‘Safari’ Style is No Longer Politically Correct," 23 Jan. 2019 This isn't the first time Starbucks has decided old media is too passe for its cafes. Madeline Purdue, USA TODAY, "Starbucks to end newspaper sales in September, including USA Today," 12 July 2019 This isn't the first time Starbucks has decided old media is too passe for its cafes. CBS News, "Starbucks to stop selling newspapers: Bring your own NYT or WSJ," 12 July 2019 Turn-offs to luxury-home buyers Agents and designers say what’s passe in home design. 1. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "The Top 10 Upgrades to Sell Your Home for Top Dollar," 3 Jan. 2019 So please settle this debate: Are critter shorts timeless or passe? Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "11 Burning Questions About Men’s Shorts, Answered," 8 May 2018 And inventive spirit has been passe here in Russia. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The World Cup of Boring Celebrations," 13 July 2018 Valdes balanced on one leg for what felt like eons, changing positions from arabesque to passe develope without the use of her partner, Patricio Reve. Lauren Warnecke,, "Ballet Nacional de Cuba's 'Don Quixote' is unapologetically unrefreshed — and the dancing is glorious," 19 May 2018 The church may be polarized and waning, and conscience may be passe in the Trump era. The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board, sacbee, "Starbucks gets it. Roseanne doesn't. Racism won't fly in the new corporate America," 29 May 2018

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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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The first known use of passé was in 1775

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English Language Learners Definition of passé

: no longer fashionable or popular

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