[ French pah-yawn ]

noun,plural pail·lons [French pah-yawn]. /French pɑˈyɔ̃/.
  1. 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

Words Nearby paillon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use paillon in a sentence

  • "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.

    Serge Panine, Complete | Georges Ohnet
  • 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
  • The rocks in the channel of the paillon appeared to be a bed of pebbles.

    A Trip to the Orient | Robert Urie Jacob