[pa-sey; for 4 also French pah-sey]
- no longer fashionable, in wide use, etc.; out-of-date; outmoded: There were many photographs of passé fashions.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.
- past: time passé.
- past the prime of one's life.
- Ballet. a movement in which one leg passes behind or in front of the other.
Origin of passé
1765–75; < French, past participle of passer to pass
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Related Words for passéantiquated, dated, disused, has-been, obsolete, out-of-date, outdated, outmoded, outworn, belated, dead, extinct, superseded, unfashionable, yesterday
- out-of-datepassé ideas
- past the prime; fadeda passé society beauty
Word Origin for passé
C18: from French, past participle of passer to pass
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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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