passe-partout

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

Definition of passe-partout

1 :master key
  • opened the door with a passe-partout
2 a :5mat
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

Origin and Etymology of passe-partout

French, from passe partout pass everywhere


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