Definition of passepartout in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpaspɑːˈtuː/


1 (also passepartout frame) A picture or photograph mounted between a piece of glass and a sheet of card (or two pieces of glass) stuck together at the edges with adhesive tape.
Example sentences
  • You find here vendors of Cardboard for passepartouts from Germany and Russia.
  • At Halbe you have a choice of five colours and a variety of thicknesses. You can choose between 1.5 and 3 mm thick passepartouts
1.1 [mass noun] Adhesive tape or paper used in making a passepartout frame: a looking glass of passepartout and blackened mercury
2 archaic A master key.


Late 17th century: from French, literally 'passes everywhere'.

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