something that passes everywhere or provides a universal means of passage.
an ornamental mat for a picture.
a method of framing in which a piece of glass is placed over a picture and is affixed to a backing by means of adhesive strips of paper or other material pasted over the edges.
paper prepared for this purpose.
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How to use passe-partout in a sentence
This can be done still easier by using strips of passe-partout binding, or strips used for binding lantern slides.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
It is set in an oval passe-partout, and requires only a glass over it to fit it for placing on a wall.
There is an exquisite ivory-type of Marjorie, in passe-partout, on the drawing room mantel-piece.Marjorie Daw | Thomas Bailey Aldrich
The manner was then to repeat the engraved borders of titles, the passe-partout, in the centre of which the text was printed.The Printed Book | Henri Bouchot
So if it wasn't a passe-partout, it was non-suited, quoad existence.A Likely Story | William De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for passe-partout
a mounting for a picture in which strips of strong gummed paper are used to bind together the glass, picture, and backing
the gummed paper used for this
a mat, often decorated, on which a picture is mounted
something that secures entry everywhere, esp a master key
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