Definition of papier mâché in US English:

papier mâché

noun

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

Origin

French, literally ‘chewed paper’.

Pronunciation

papier mâché

/ˌpeɪpər məˈʃeɪ//ˌpāpər məˈSHā/