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noun French.
  1. the numbers 19 through 36 in roulette.
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Origin of passe

literally, passing, pass


[pa-sey; for 4 also French pah-sey]
  1. no longer fashionable, in wide use, etc.; out-of-date; outmoded: There were many photographs of passé fashions. I thought hand-cranked pencil sharpeners were passé.
  2. past: time passé.
  3. past the prime of one's life.
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noun, plural pas·sés [pa-seyz; French pah-sey] /pæˈseɪz; French pɑˈseɪ/.
  1. Ballet. a movement in which one leg passes behind or in front of the other.
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Origin of passé

1765–75; < French, past participle of passer to pass

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Related Words for passe

outdated, obsolete, corny, outmoded, odd, unfashionable, ancient, antiquated, antique, archaic, bygone, dated, dead, dowdy, extinct, fusty, moldy, musty, neglected, obsolescent

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British Dictionary definitions for passe


  1. out-of-datepassé ideas
  2. past the prime; fadeda passé society beauty
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Word Origin for passé

C18: from French, past participle of passer to pass
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Word Origin and History for passe


1775, from French passé (fem. passée) "past, faded," past participle of passer "to pass" (see pass (v.)). Originally of a woman past the period of greatest beauty.

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