An employee holding the master key.
- The definition of a passé-partout is French for a master key.
An example of passé-partout is the key that a guard carries while checking that all the rooms are secure.
- Passe-partout is a type of sticky paper used in mounting and framing pictures.
An example of passé-partout is the paper used around the edge of the mat in a frame.
- that which passes or allows passage everywhere
- a passkey or master key
- a mat used in mounting pictures
- a picture mounting in which glass, picture, backing, and often a mat are bound together, as by strips of gummed paper along the edges
- the gummed paper used for such a mounting
Origin of passe-partoutFr, literally , passes everywhere
- Something, such as a master key, that permits one to pass or go at will.
- a. A border, such as a mat, that is used to frame or mount a picture.b. An adhesive tape or a gummed paper used for a similar purpose.
Origin of passe-partoutFrench : passer, to pass + partout, everywhere.
- (obsolete) That by which one can pass anywhere; a safe-conduct.
- (obsolete) A master key; a latchkey.
- (obsolete) A light picture frame or mat of cardboard, wood, etc., usually put between the picture and the glass, and sometimes serving for several pictures.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.