paillon

[ French pah-yawn ]
/ French pɑˈyɔ̃ /

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

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

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Origin of paillon

1885–90; <French, special use of paille straw (see pallet1) + -on noun suffix
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Example sentences from the Web for paillon

  • "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
  • 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
  • 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.