[pahy-yet, pey-, puh-let; French pa-yet]
- a spangle for ornamenting a costume.
- (in enameling) a decorative piece of gold, silver, or colored foil.
Origin of paillette
From French, dating back to 1875–80; see origin at pallet1
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Contemporary Examples of paillette
One dress was covered in sequins and paillettes, and a paillette fell on the floor.The Saga of Whitney Houston’s Last Movie, ‘Sparkle’
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Historical Examples of paillette
Paillette, pa-lyet′, n. a piece of metal or coloured foil used in enamel-painting: a sponge.
- 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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