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[French pah-yawn] /French pɑˈyɔ̃/
noun, plural paillons
[French pah-yawn] /French pɑˈyɔ̃/ (Show IPA)
a sheet of thin metallic foil used decoratively in enameling and gilding.
Origin of paillon
1885-90; < French, special use of paille straw (see pallet1) + -on noun suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The rocks in the channel of the paillon appeared to be a bed of pebbles.

    A Trip to the Orient Robert Urie Jacob
  • The paillon, as it is called, disappears at the Square Massna, and finds its way to sea through an underground channel.

    Riviera Towns

    Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • "That is the river paillon," said the driver, pointing to a diminutive stream in the midst of a wide stony bed.

    A Trip to the Orient Robert Urie Jacob
  • If you had told me that the Pantheon had landed one fine night on the banks of the paillon, I should not be more astonished.

    Serge Panine, Complete Georges Ohnet

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