passe·​men·​terie pas-ˈmen-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce passementerie (audio)
: an ornamental edging or trimming (such as tassels) made of braid, cord, gimp, beading, or metallic thread

Examples of passementerie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Casual means different things to different people, and for those who spend their days trafficking in important antiques and exquisite passementerie, the concept of informality rarely jibes with the barefoot fantasies of the hoi polloi. Mayer Rus, ELLE Decor, 8 Apr. 2011

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Word History


French, from passement ornamental braid, from passer

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of passementerie was in 1615

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Cite this Entry

“Passementerie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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