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[pap-uh-loht; French pa-pee-yawt]
  1. a decorative curled paper placed over the end of the bone of a cutlet or chop.
  2. a wrapping of foil or oiled paper in which food is cooked and served.
  3. en papillote.
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Origin of papillote

1740–50; < French, irregular derivative of papillon butterfly. See papillon
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Historical Examples of papillote

  • He called the place—like his volume of poems—his "Papillote," his "Curlpaper."

    Jasmin: Barber, Poet, Philanthropist

    Samuel Smiles

British Dictionary definitions for papillote


  1. a paper frill around cutlets, etc
  2. en papillote (French ɑ̃ papijɔt) (of food) cooked in oiled greaseproof paper or foil
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Word Origin for papillote

C18: from French papillon
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