One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A piece of glittering material used to decorate clothing; a spangle.
- ‘Silk taffeta is lit up with metallic yarns; mesh is wired for a new look; and paillettes add reflections to fabrics.’
- ‘Sequins and paillettes are also popular, according to associates at the stores.’
- ‘Simply put, paillettes are part of the bangle, spangle and sequin family.’
- ‘Reversed embroidery, paillettes and simple knits were the finishing embellishments on its clothes.’
- ‘Textures included silk velvets, velveteen and devorés, paillettes and satins.’
- 1.1 A piece of bright metal used in enamel painting.
- ‘Black Narcissus is a large triptych sheathed in black, gray and iridescent silver paillettes.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 19th century: from French, diminutive of paille, from Latin palea ‘straw, chaff’.
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