passé composé

[ pah-sey kawn-poh-zey ]
/ pɑ seɪ kɔ̃ poʊˈzeɪ /

noun French.

a grammatical construction of French consisting of the present tense of an auxiliary, either avoir or être, followed by a past participle and corresponding in function to both the English present perfect and the English simple past tenses.

Words nearby passé composé

Origin of passé composé

literally, compound past Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019