[French pah-yawn]

noun, plural pail·lons [French pah-yawn] /French pɑˈyɔ̃/.

a sheet of thin metallic foil used decoratively in enameling and gilding.

Origin of paillon

1885–90; < French, special use of paille straw (see pallet1) + -on noun suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for paillon

Historical Examples of paillon

  • The rocks in the channel of the Paillon appeared to be a bed of pebbles.

    A Trip to the Orient

    Robert Urie Jacob

  • The Paillon, as it is called, disappears at the Square Massna, and finds its way to sea through an underground channel.

    Riviera Towns

    Herbert Adams Gibbons

  • "That is the river Paillon," said the driver, pointing to a diminutive stream in the midst of a wide stony bed.

    A Trip to the Orient

    Robert Urie Jacob

  • If you had told me that the Pantheon had landed one fine night on the banks of the Paillon, I should not be more astonished.