[ pa-sey; for 4 also French pah-sey ]
/ pæˈseɪ; for 4 also French pɑˈseɪ /


no longer fashionable, in wide use, etc.; out-of-date; outmoded: There were many photographs of passé fashions.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.

noun, plural pas·sés [pa-seyz; French pah-sey] /pæˈseɪz; French pɑˈseɪ/.

Ballet. a movement in which one leg passes behind or in front of the other.

Nearby words

  1. passover,
  2. passport,
  3. passus,
  4. password,
  5. passy,
  6. passé composé,
  7. past,
  8. past continuous,
  9. past life therapy,
  10. past master

Origin of passé

1765–75; < French, past participle of passer to pass Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for passé


/ (ˈpɑːseɪ, ˈpɑseɪ, French pɑse) /


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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Word Origin and History for passé



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper