Passe partout

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Passe partout A light picture frame or mat of cardboard, wood, or the like, usually put between the picture and the glass, and sometimes serving for several pictures.
    • Passe partout A master key; a latchkey.
    • Passe partout A strip of adhesive paper or gummed tape used to mount a picture between a piece of glass and a backing.
    • Passe partout That by which one can pass anywhere; a safe-conduct.
    • Passe partout The method of mounting a picture between a piece of glass and a backing, using a passe-partout{4}.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., from passer, to pass + partout, everywhere

Usage

In literature:

There is an exquisite ivory-type of Marjorie, in passe-partout, on the drawing room mantel-piece.
"Marjorie Daw" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
The walls, papered in tan with a deep brown border, were dotted with passe-partouted prints, both in color and black and white.
"Jane Allen: Right Guard" by Edith Bancroft
Not a syllable against the passe-partouts!
"The 'Mind the Paint' Girl" by Arthur Pinero
When the sections are finished, fasten them together with the passe-partout paper.
"Handicraft for Girls" by Idabelle McGlauflin
Others made collar and cuff sets, aprons, underwear, towels, laundry bags, pan holders, or passe partout pictures.
"The Teaching of Art Related to the Home" by Federal Board for Vocational Education
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