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 La visibilité trans, et donc la lutte contre la transphobie, passe aussi par l'exercice de responsabilités politiques ou publiques. NBC News, "France elects its first transgender mayor, Marie Cau," 24 May 2020 Stock exchange businesses reliant on volatile volumes are increasingly passe in a world of computerized trading. Washington Post, "Hong Kong’s Stock Exchange Won’t Find Love in London," 12 Sep. 2019 Start-up incubators are a bit passe and involve actual work. Naomi Datta, Quartz India, "Resume tip: Why be “passionate” when you can be a “thought leader”," 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, "A French exhibition of Francis Bacon turns him into that pseudointellectual dude from college," 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, "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

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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 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of passé

: no longer fashionable or popular

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