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paillette

Syllabification: pail·lette
Pronunciation: /pīˈyet, pā-, pəˈlet
 
/

Definition of paillette in English:

noun

1A piece of glittering material used to ornament clothing; a spangle.
Example sentences
  • Simply put, paillettes are part of the bangle, spangle and sequin family.
  • Textures included silk velvets, velveteen and devorés, paillettes and satins.
  • Sequins and paillettes are also popular, according to associates at the stores.
1.1A piece of bright metal used in enamel painting.
Example sentences
  • Titled ‘Twinkle Twinkle,’ her show comprised a hyperrealistic sculpture executed on a grand scale, a mural of shimmering paillettes and five acrylic-on-lame paintings, each measuring 40 inches square.
  • Black Narcissus is a large triptych sheathed in black, gray and iridescent silver paillettes.

Origin

mid 19th century: from French, diminutive of paille, from Latin palea 'straw, chaff'.

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