[pahy-yet, pey-, puh-let; French pa-yet]
noun, plural pail·lettes [pal-yets, puh-lets; French pa-yet] /pælˈyɛts, pəˈlɛts; French paˈyɛt/.
  1. a spangle for ornamenting a costume.
  2. (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
Related formspail·let·ted, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a sequin or spangle sewn onto a costume
  2. 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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