Definition of parfilage in English:

parfilage

noun

historical
  • The unravelling of gold or silver thread from laces, epaulettes, or tassels, fashionable as a pastime among ladies, especially in France, in the latter part of the 18th cent.

Origin

Late 19th century. From French parfilage from parfiler to unravel thread by thread + -age.

Pronunciation

parfilage

/ˌpɑːfɪˈlɑːʒ/