[ pahy-yet, pey-, puh-let; French pa-yet ]
/ paɪˈyɛt, peɪ-, pəˈlɛt; French paˈyɛt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. paignton,
  2. pail,
  3. pailful,
  4. paillard,
  5. paillasse,
  6. paillon,
  7. paimio chair,
  8. pain,
  9. pain in the neck,
  10. pain-pleasure principle

Origin of paillette

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

Related formspail·let·ted, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for paillette


/ (pælˈjɛt, French pajɛt) /


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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