passe–partout

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noun passe–par·tout \ˌpas-pər-ˈtü, -ˌpär-\

Definition of passe–partout

  1. 1 :  master key <opened the door with a passe–partout>

  2. 2a :  5matb :  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. 3 :  a strong paper gummed on one side and used especially for mounting pictures

Origin and Etymology of passe–partout

French, from passe partout pass everywhere


First Known Use: 1675

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