passe-partout (plural passe-partouts)
- (obsolete) That by which one can pass anywhere; a safe-conduct.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
- (obsolete) A master key; a latchkey.
- (obsolete) A light picture frame or mat of cardboard, wood, etc., usually put between the picture and the glass, and sometimes serving for several pictures.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for passe-partout in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
- mat (thick paper or paperboard border used to inset and center the contents of a frame)