Definition of papier mâché in English:

papier mâché


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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To Mr. Harris, I suggest using papier mâché for the head and body, and pipe cleaners for the whiskers.’
    • ‘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.’


French, literally ‘chewed paper’.


papier mâché

/papɪeɪ ˈmaʃeɪ/