- something that passes everywhere or provides a universal means of passage.
- a master key; skeleton key.
- 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.
Origin of passe-partout
Examples from the Web for passe-partout
Historical Examples of passe-partout
So if it wasn't a passe-partout, it was non-suited, quoad existence.A Likely Story
William De Morgan
When the sections are finished, fasten them together with the passe-partout paper.
It was from Goethe; it was lettered in old German characters, framed in passe-partout, and hung above the mantel.The Barrier
Book-cloth or any firm material can be used instead of the passe-partout paper.
"Here's the Little Colonel's corner," said Mary, leading him to a group of large photographs framed in passe-partout.The Little Colonel in Arizona
Annie Fellows Johnston
- 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