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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Definitions for passe-partout

  1. something that passes everywhere or provides a universal means of passage.
  2. a master key; skeleton key.
  3. an ornamental mat for a picture.

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Citations for passe-partout
Sophie's little passe-partout enabled her to pass almost anywhere, and if it were shown or hinted at, to have effect in the interviewing of superior servants or of any other police officer. Sir Harry Johnston, The Veneerings, 1922
But with his remark about Vokt anyway he felt as safe as if he had a ticket or passe-partout in his pocket: he strutted up and down like a peacock for a few moments eyeing the assembly with disdain. Wyndham Lewis, Tarr, 1918
Origin of passe-partout
Passe-partout comes from the French phrase of the same spelling which literally means "(it) passes everywhere."