Definition of passementerie in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 elaborate passementerie incorporates the appropriately nuptial imagery of ribbons and bows.’
    • ‘The pair's work, reviving the ancient art of passementerie - decoration using fringing, trimming and braiding - is reflected in their home.’
    • ‘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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Early 17th century: French, from passement ‘braid’.