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[pa-sey; for 4 also French pah-sey] /pæˈseɪ; for 4 also French pɑˈseɪ/
no longer fashionable, in wide use, etc.; out-of-date; outmoded:
There were many photographs of passé fashions. I thought hand-cranked pencil sharpeners were passé.
time passé.
past the prime of one's life.
noun, plural passés
[pa-seyz; French pah-sey] /pæˈseɪz; French pɑˈseɪ/ (Show IPA)
Ballet. a movement in which one leg passes behind or in front of the other.
Origin of passé
1765-75; < French, past participle of passer to pass
1. old-fashioned, démodé, quaint. Unabridged
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  • Perhaps that explains why we dub persons who are passé "lemons."

    Where the Strange Trails Go Down E. Alexander Powell
  • But she could see he was passé, declassé, a prune pit in every way.

    The Shriek Charles Somerville
  • She is afraid her gowns are passé, that she looks old for her years, and that her prestige as Mrs. James Grandon is over forever.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Snide item in smug, smartaleck gossip column: Saucers are passé at the Pentagon.

    Project Mastodon Clifford Donald Simak
  • And some were fat or passé, and more's the pity, but all were fragrant, and the name of that sweet vale was Santa Rosa.

British Dictionary definitions for passé


/ˈpɑːseɪ; ˈpɑseɪ; French pɑse/
out-of-date: passé ideas
past the prime; faded: a passé society beauty
Word Origin
C18: from French, past participle of passer to pass
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Word Origin and History for passé



1775, from French passé (fem. passée) "past, faded," past participle of passer "to pass" (see pass (v.)). Originally of a woman past the period of greatest beauty.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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