passe-par·​tout | \ ˌpas-pər-ˈtü How to pronounce passe-partout (audio) , -ˌpär- \

Definition of passe-partout

1 : master key opened the door with a passe-partout
b : a method of framing in which a picture, a mat, a glass, and a back (as of cardboard) are held together by strips of paper or cloth pasted over the edges a picture framed in passe-partout
3 : a strong paper gummed on one side and used especially for mounting pictures

First Known Use of passe-partout

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for passe-partout

French, from passe partout pass everywhere

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“Passe-partout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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