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Definition of the noun passe-partout

What does passe-partout mean as a name of something?


  1. key that secures entrance everywhere
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of passe-partout: master / master key / passkey
    • more generic word: key = metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated
    • more specific term: skeleton key = a passkey with much of the bit filed away so that it can open different locks
  2. a mounting for a picture using gummed tape
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: mounting = framework used for support or display


Passe-Partout is a fictional character from the 1990 tv program Fort Boyard.


  1. Passe-Partout was a Quebec French language children's television program produced by Radio-Québec that was in production from 1977 to 1987. It aired on Radio-Québec as well as on Radio-Canada for thirty minutes, lasting on some networks until 1998. It incorporated both live actors and puppets although neither group interacted with the other.
    • begun in (38 years ago)
    • country: Canada
    • genre: Children's television series
  2. Passe-Partout is the French term for a mat, a paper or, more usually, cardboard sheet with a cutout, which is placed under the glass in a picture frame. A picture is placed beneath it, with the cutout framing it. The passe-partout serves two purposes: first, to prevent the image from touching the glass, and second, to frame the image and enhance its visual appeal. The cutout in the passe-partout is usually beveled to avoid casting shadows on the picture. The word may also be used for the tape used to stick the back of the picture to its frame. The term "mount" is used in British English.

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Google previewPasse-Partout 3 - Teacher's Book (1998)

by Lawrence Briggs, Daphne Philpot, Judy Somerville

Passe-partout is a new French course for middle to lower-ability students, with extension material for the more able. Stage 3 of Passepartout can be used to follow on from Stages 1 and 2 of Passepartout, or as a stand-alone third-year course, ...

Google previewElsevier's Dictionary of Information Security (2007)

by G. Manoilov, B. Radichkova

key d Hauptschlüssel m f passe-partout m r общий ...

Google previewDictionary of English Spelling (2005)

by Martin H. Manser

passe-partout adhesive tape used in picture-framing; master-key passerine (bird that is one of a group) of perching songbirds passim (Latin) here and there; throughtout passion deep feeling, esp. love passionate passionately ...

Google previewTardy's Explanatory Pronuncing Dictionary ... A new edition corrected and much enlarged, by J. C. Tarver (1847)

by TARDY (Lexicographer.)

pâcë-man-tïé, tièrë, lace-maker, mercer Passe-partout, m. pâcë-par-ton, а master -hey Passe»pied, m. pâcë-pïé, a sort of jig [lace Passe-poil, m. pâcë-poèl, a chain ...

Google previewA Concise Dictionary of Foreign Expressions (1984)

by B. A. Phythian

passe-partout [Fr.] Master-key. Picture-frame (usually for photograph) consisting of glass and backing held together by adhesive tape around edges.

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Pronunciation for Current English (2017)

by Clive Upton, William A. Kretzschmar, Jr.

-Z AM 'paeSndsor, -Z passe-partout BR 'pas pd.tu:, pas pd.

Google previewDictionary of Phrase and Fable (1905)

Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words that Have a Tale to Tell by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Passe-partout. A sort of picture- frame. The middle is cut out to the size of the picture, and the border or edge is embossed, so as to present a raised margin. The passe-partout and picture, being backed and faced with a glass, are held together ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography (2013)

by John Hannavy

The inside of the case-lids were protected by embossed velvet, while daguerreotypes themselves were protected by decoratively tailored distance pieces like passe-partout made of copper or other material, cover glasses, airtight adhesive ...

Google previewAdeline's Art Dictionary (1891)

Containing a Complete Index of All Terms Used in Art, Architecture, Heraldry, and Archæology by Jules Adeline

Passe-partout. (Engrav.) A passepartout is an engraving either in relief or line ...

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Passe-partout Meaning

Video shows what passe-partout means. That by which one can pass anywhere, a safe-conduct.. A master key, a latchkey.. A light picture frame or mat of ...

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