Meaning of passementerie in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpasm(ə)ntri/


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

    ‘The pair's work, reviving the ancient art of passementerie - decoration using fringing, trimming and braiding - is reflected in their home.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Models paraded in sheer white cotton voile tunics trimmed with tiny passementerie balls.’
    openwork, lacework, tatting, netting, net, tulle, meshwork, mesh, webbing


Early 17th century French, from passement ‘braid’.