Definitions

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

  • n. A frilled paper cover used to decorate the bone end of a cooked chop or cutlet.
  • n. An oiled paper or foil wrapper in which certain foods are baked.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a small bit of foil, which is wrapped around food during cooking
  • n. a small piece of paper on which women roll up their hair to make it curl

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small piece of paper on which women roll up their hair to make it curl; a curl paper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A curl-paper: so called because appearing like a butterfly on the head.
  • n. Folded oiled paper on which chops, etc., are prepared and sometimes served.

Etymologies

French, from Old French, ornament for the hair, from feminine of papillot, diminutive of papillon, butterfly, from Latin pāpiliō, pāpiliōn-; see pavilion.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French (Wiktionary)

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  • Mmmm!

    July 26, 2008

  • papillote – 1) a greased paper wrapper in which food (as meat or fish) is cooked; 2) hist. a small triangular piece of paper used as a curl-paper for damp hair

    July 26, 2008