passepartout

passe-partout

[pas-pahr-too; French pahs-par-too]
noun, plural passe-partouts [pas-pahr-tooz; French pahs-par-too] .
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:
1635–45; < French: literally, (it) passes everywhere

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passe-partout (ˌpæspɑːˈtuː, French pɑspartu)
 
n
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
 
[C17: from French, literally: pass everywhere]

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passe-partout
"master-key," 1675, from Fr., lit. "pass everywhere," from passer "to pass" (see pass (v.)) + partout "everywhere," from par "through" + tout "all."
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