American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small, exquisitely wrought trinket.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. . A jewel; specifically, a jewel of gold richly wrought in the metal itself without the aid of precious stones. See bijouterie.
- n. Hence2. An object of beauty of small size; something delicately pretty; any relatively small charming object.
- n. jewel
- n. a piece of jewelry, a trinket
- n. a small intricately made metalworking
- adj. of a residence small and elegant
- adj. intricate; finely made
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A trinket; a jewel; -- a word applied to anything small and of elegant workmanship.
- n. a small and delicately worked piece
- From French bijou (Wiktionary)
- French, from Breton bizou, jeweled ring, from biz, finger. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“(My Petit Robert on CD-ROM allows searches by all entry fields by which I think I discovered that "bijou" is from Breton.)”
“Egbert Dormer did not turn out from his hand so much work as some men that I know, but he was overflowing with art up to his ears — and with tobacco, so that, upon the whole, the bijou was a pleasant rendezvous.”
“Egbert Dormer did not turn out from his hand so much work as some men that I know, but he was overflowing with art up to his ears -- and with tobacco, so that, upon the whole, the bijou was a pleasant rendezvous.”
“The bijou, that is now missing one diamond, is estimated to sell for between $US300,000 ($307,000) to $US500,000 ($511,000) at the auction, set for December 15-17.”
“It houses not only a flat-screen television, DVD player, reclining leather armchair, capacious bookshelves and an L-shaped execu-desk, but also a loo and what an estate agent might call a bijou kitchenette.”
“My cottage is what estate agents used to call 'bijou'.”
“It is now wall to wall marina with one 'bijou' corner' being reserved for the new BBC premises pete”
“My Petit Robert on CD-ROM allows searches by all entry fields by which I think I discovered that "bijou" is from Breton.”
“From this kind of bijou made with human hair, to these chocolate nipples to these intra-toe candies that your lover is supposed to suck from your toes.”
“The cottage was tiny -- "bijou," the estate agents would probably have called it -- and there was an ever-present danger of tumbling over the furniture.”
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