passé composé*: Meaning and Definition of

pas•sé com•po•sé

Pronunciation: (pä-sā kôn-pō-zā'), [key]
— French. French.
  1. a grammatical construction of French consisting of the present tense of an auxiliary, either avoir or être, followed by a past participle and corresponding in function to both the English present perfect and the English simple past tenses.
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