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passe-partout

[ pas-pahr-too; French pahs-par-too ]
/ ˌpæs pɑrˈtu; French pɑs parˈtu /
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Definition of passe-partout

noun, plural passe-par·touts [pas-pahr-tooz; French pahs-par-too]. /ˌpæs pɑrˈtuz; French pɑs parˈtu/.
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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Origin of passe-partout

First recorded in 1635–45; from French: literally, “(it) passes everywhere”
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British Dictionary definitions for passe-partout

passe-partout
/ (ˌpæspɑːˈtuː, French pɑspartu) /

noun
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

Word Origin for passe-partout

C17: from French, literally: pass everywhere
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