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passe-partout

[pas-pahr-too; French pahs-par-too] /ˌpæs pɑrˈtu; French pɑs parˈtu/
noun, plural passe-partouts
[pas-pahr-tooz; French pahs-par-too] /ˌpæs pɑrˈtuz; French pɑs parˈtu/ (Show IPA)
1.
something that passes everywhere or provides a universal means of passage.
2.
a master key; skeleton key.
3.
an ornamental mat for a picture.
4.
a method of framing in which a piece of glass is placed over a picture and is affixed to a backing by means of adhesive strips of paper or other material pasted over the edges.
5.
paper prepared for this purpose.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < French: literally, (it) passes everywhere
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British Dictionary definitions for passe par-touts

passe-partout

/ˌpæspɑːˈtuː; French pɑspartu/
noun
1.
a mounting for a picture in which strips of strong gummed paper are used to bind together the glass, picture, and backing
2.
the gummed paper used for this
3.
a mat, often decorated, on which a picture is mounted
4.
something that secures entry everywhere, esp a master key
Word Origin
C17: from French, literally: pass everywhere
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Word Origin and History for passe par-touts

passe-partout

n.

"master-key," 1670s, French, literally "pass everywhere," from passer "to pass" (see pass (v.)) + partout "everywhere," from par "through" (see per) + tout "all."

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