Definition of papier mâché in English:

papier mâché

noun

  • [mass noun] A malleable mixture of paper and glue, or paper, flour, and water, that becomes hard when dry, used to make boxes, trays, or ornaments:

    ‘George was constructing a crocodile out of papier mâché’
    [as modifier] ‘a papier mâché sculpture’
    • ‘Dolls made of papier mâché, aluminium and copper blends, brass craft items from Hyderabad and Uttar Pradesh that could be used to decorate drawing or living rooms and front offices.’
    • ‘Unable to afford metal, and with plastic not yet in common use, he made his first legionnaires' helmets from papier mâché over clay moulds.’
    • ‘Double coasters, in the form of boats or wagons in silver and papier mâché, enjoyed a brief popularity around the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries.’
    • ‘In Birmingham, simple hand tools could be used to punch metal into a wide range of shapes; alloys could be used to imitate expensive gold and silver; papier mâché could be made to resemble fine japanned ware.’
    • ‘To Mr. Harris, I suggest using papier mâché for the head and body, and pipe cleaners for the whiskers.’

Origin

French, literally chewed paper.

Pronunciation:

papier mâché

/papɪeɪ ˈmaʃeɪ/