Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun In enamel-painting, a bit of metal or colored foil.
  • noun Also papilette.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A sequin or spangle.

Etymologies

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

[French, from Old French, diminutive of paille, straw; see paillasse.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French paillette, from paille ‘straw’ + -ette.

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