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paillette

[ pahy-yet, pey-, puh-let; French pa-yet ]
/ paɪˈyɛt, peɪ-, pəˈlɛt; French paˈyɛt /
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noun, plural pail·lettes [pal-yets, puh-lets; French pa-yet]. /pælˈyɛts, pəˈlɛts; French paˈyɛt/.

a spangle for ornamenting a costume.
(in enameling) a decorative piece of gold, silver, or colored foil.

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Origin of paillette

From French, dating back to 1875–80; see origin at pallet1

OTHER WORDS FROM paillette

pail·let·ted, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for paillette

paillette
/ (pælˈjɛt, French pajɛt) /

noun

a sequin or spangle sewn onto a costume
a small piece of metal or foil, used in enamelling for decoration

Word Origin for paillette

C19: from French, diminutive of paille straw, from Latin palea
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