Definition of passementerie in English:

passementerie

noun

mass noun
  • Decorative trimming such as tassels, braid, and fringing, used on furniture and clothing (e.g. military uniforms).

    • ‘Likewise, the two-part leaded mirrors and the French crimson silk curtains, decorated with gold-threaded passementerie, were reproduced from their description in the 1759 Gaillard inventory of the grand salon.’
    • ‘The pair's work, reviving the ancient art of passementerie - decoration using fringing, trimming and braiding - is reflected in their home.’
    • ‘The elaborate passementerie incorporates the appropriately nuptial imagery of ribbons and bows.’
    • ‘To a soundtrack that blended the Gypsy Kings with rapper Eminem, models paraded in sheer white cotton voile tunics trimmed with tiny passementerie balls for an ethnic touch.’
    • ‘The style of the woven textiles, the floral embroidery, the passementerie and - above all - the design of the magnificent raised work of the headboard of the ‘King's Bed’ (more Jean Marot than Daniel) seem consistent with the 1670s.’
    openwork, lacework, tatting, netting, net, tulle, meshwork, mesh, webbing
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Origin

Early 17th century: French, from passement ‘braid’.

Pronunciation

passementerie

/ˈpasm(ə)ntri/