Definition of papier mâché in US English:

papier mâché


  • A malleable mixture of paper and glue, or paper, flour, and water, that becomes hard when dry.

    ‘George was constructing a crocodile out of papier-mâché’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


French, literally ‘chewed paper’.


papier mâché

/ˌpāpər məˈSHā//ˌpeɪpər məˈʃeɪ/