Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small piece of metal or foil used in painting with enamel.
  • n. A spangle used to ornament a dress or costume.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sequin or spangle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A spangle or glittering piece of metal (or glass) forming a part of costume, either sewed to a garment or hanging with others in a bunch secured to a feather or in a similar position where it could move freely.
  • n. In enamel-painting, a bit of metal or colored foil.
  • n. Also papilette.

Etymologies

French, from Old French, diminutive of paille, straw; see paillasse.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French paillette, from paille ‘straw’ + -ette. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Mod Squad: Prada's paillette dress in burnt orange is an exuberant take on the '60s revival, with a hint of Miuccia's trademark subversion.

    Fashion's Great Confusion

  • One spectacular backless paillette evening gown with sheer panels had me swoon and I am a fan of Lagerfeld's commitment to evening dresses at the awkward above the ankle length especially his vibrant fuchsia crepe dress.

    Cameron Silver: Let's Get Serious

  • She collected Holder's whimsical, paillette-drenched costumes from "The Wiz," for which he won a Tony Award in 1975.

    Black Fashion Museum collection finds a fine home with Smithsonian

  • Models of all ethnicities, one of the highlights of a 3.1 show, sauntered in sumptuous draped knits and laser etched leather shorts or lambskin paillette illusion t-shirts paired with sexy mile high sandals!

    The Daily Truffle: Phillip Lim & Proenza Schouler at New York Fashion Week

  • Anne Hathaway: Stunning in a sparkly paillette column by Armani Prive.

    Bonnie Fuller: Oscar Gowns: The Best, The Worst & The What Were They Thinking? An Insta-Review!

  • The obsidian also has apparently been subjected to the artificial fire; and a splinter of it contains a paillette of free copper.

    The Land of Midian

  • From the bottom up: lavender silk and paillette Prada mule (high street), Diesel jeans (low street), Michael Kors cashmere tank top, and five Bulgari gold necklaces.

    Phyllis Stine's Faves: 'Palm Bitch' and 'Ghetto Fabulous'

  • Bacall also danced with Capote; only Lee Radziwill, incandescent in a silver paillette dress by Mila Schön, and Katharine Graham, sheathed in a monkish white wool jersey Balmain trimmed in jet beads, shared this rare privilege.

    A Night to Remember

  • Examining just one small vintage piece, Ginguene rattles off the many different elements that went into the design sewn onto the flimsy muslin fabric: Cotton, gold cotton, red thread, brown thread, gold leather, gold pearls, paillette sequins.

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  • The lines were generally simple and the big fashion gestures sophisticated, like a streak of white organza feathers down the spine of a short black velvet dress or a hot pink paillette tube caged in feather-tipped black net.

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