American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A love letter.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A love-note or short love-letter.
- n. A love letter.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A love letter or note.
- n. a personal letter to a loved one expressing affection
- Borrowing from French, from billet, "note" and doux, "sweet". (Wiktionary)
- French : billet, short note; see billet1 + doux, sweet (from Latin dulcis). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She had no sooner, as a dutiful child, communicated this billet-doux to her father, than he, as a careful parent, visited Mr. Pickle, and, in presence of Mrs. Grizzle, demanded a formal explanation of his sentiments with regard to his daughter Sally.”
“Ah my dear little enemy of the T. R, D., what were the cudgels in YOUR little billet-doux compared to those noble New York shillelaghs?”
“No one has written a billet-doux on any of my cadavers' bellies.”
“In truth I am almost decided to answer this precious billet-doux in the same vein in which it was written.”
“The climax is reached on his discovery among the accounts, all giving proof of his wife's reckless extravagance, a billet-doux, pleading for a clandestine meeting in his own garden.”
“For some years I made a collection of confiscated billet-doux, but they were destroyed in one of the frequent fires which visit Manila.”
“It was near night before a suitable time came, and my billet-doux contained the following: You are cordially invited to be present at the Commencement Exercises of the ——Female Seminary, on the evening of July 3d, 1863, at eight o'clock P. M. Compliments of Gertrude ——.”
“He at once wrote Gutel a missive so thickly interlarded with quotations from the Song of Solomon, from Goethe, Petofi, Heine, and Chateaubriand, that when Kalimann read the billet-doux to the blushing girl her head was quite turned.”
“Big Butch Brewster, to whom the billet-doux was addressed in T. Haviland Hicks, Jr.'s, familiar scrawl, tore open the envelope, and while the squad listened, he read aloud the message left by that sunny-souled youth; "DEAR BUTCH: "Coach Corridan will have to use the alarm clock from now on! I'm called away on business. See that my stuff gets to Bannister O.K. Stow it in the room next to yours. I'll be back at college some time in the next century. Give my adieux to Coach Corridan and the squad.”
“Not a word had the Head Coach, Captain Brewster, the football squad, or any of the collegians received from the blithesome youth, since the billet-doux he left with old Hinky-Dink at Camp Bannister.”
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