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1. Something, such as a master key, that permits one to pass or go at will.
a. A border, such as a mat, that is used to frame or mount a picture.
b. An adhesive tape or a gummed paper used for a similar purpose.
[French : passer, to pass + partout, everywhere.]
passe-partout(ˌpæspɑːˈtuː; French pɑspartu)
1. (Art Terms) a mounting for a picture in which strips of strong gummed paper are used to bind together the glass, picture, and backing
2. (Art Terms) the gummed paper used for this
3. (Art Terms) a mat, often decorated, on which a picture is mounted
4. (Building) something that secures entry everywhere, esp a master key
[C17: from French, literally: pass everywhere]
1. something that passes or provides passage everywhere, as a master key.
2. an ornamental mat for a picture.
3. a method of framing in which a piece of glass is placed over a picture and is affixed to a backing by means of adhesive strips of paper pasted over the edges.
4. paper prepared for this purpose.
[1635–45; < French: literally, (it) passes everywhere]
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|Noun||1.||passe-partout - key that secures entrance everywhere|
key - metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated
skeleton key - a passkey with much of the bit filed away so that it can open different locks
|2.||passe-partout - a mounting for a picture using gummed tape|
mounting - framework used for support or display