Definitions

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

  • n. A small grove; a thicket.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of bosket.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See bosket.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See bosket.

Etymologies

French, from Italian boschetto, diminutive of bosco, forest, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2009 paris day 4 we took the train out to the château de versailles, and toured the castle and the surrounding town. then we headed back into paris for an AMAZING dinner at le bosquet (thanks again, rick steves!), a nighttime trip to l'arc de triomphe (with a photo for leslie), and a long walk down the champs élysées.

    paris day 4

  • The aspect of the downs is civilized as the banks of the Solent; and the coast wants nothing to complete the “fine, quiet old-country picture in the wilds of Africa” but herds of kine grazing upon leas shining with a golden glory, or a country seat, backed by the noble virgin forest, such a bosquet as Europe never knew.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • These forms, which we may call form G, are exemplified in literature by the forms of the sonnet or of tragedy with the “three unities” (place, time, and action); in music, the forms of the fugue or sonata; in architecture, the peripteros (“array of columns”) or the Ionic order; the bosquet form in Italian and French gardening; the zwiebelmuster (“onion pattern”) design in Saxon por - celain.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • In addition, twenty-two vases at the sides of the bosquet threw jets into the air.

    The Story of Versailles

  • Triumph filled the end of the bosquet; it was placed on an estrade with marble steps, and was preceded by four lofty obelisks of gilded iron in which the water leaped and fell in sheets of crystal.

    The Story of Versailles

  • At the sides of the bosquet there were two tables of marble, on which a collation was served when the marquise came to her grove to see the waters play.

    The Story of Versailles

  • Turning quickly and noiselessly in the direction from which the sound seemed to have come, he found himself in an instant in a thick and beautiful bosquet.

    Calvert of Strathore

  • With a sour smile he got upon his feet, and, making an elaborate courtesy to Madame de St. André, passed through the colonnade from the bosquet.

    Calvert of Strathore

  • A bosquet of climbing heliotrope close by threw a fragrance into the evening air, which turned her giddy with its overpowering sweetness.

    The Elusive Pimpernel

  • "My gracious lord will be footsore -- the way is long and ill-paved ----" he muttered, half audibly, even as he made his way to the rear of the bosquet of lilies where a group of slaves stood waiting desultorily.

    "Unto Caesar"

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  • In the meantime Van changed back to shorts, cloaked himself in the tartan plaid and retired to his bosquet, where the bergamask lamps had not been lit at all that night...

    - Nabokov, Ada, or Ardor.

    May 17, 2008