Definitions

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

  • noun A small decorative object; a trinket.
  • noun A miniature book, especially one that is finely crafted.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small object of curiosity, beauty, or rarity; especially, an object of this kind which can be kept in a cabinet or on a shelf. See curio.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A small decorative object without practical utility.

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

  • noun A bauble, knickknack or trinket

Etymologies

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

[French, from Old French beubelet, from a reduplication of bel, beautiful, from Latin bellus, handsome; see belle.]

Examples

  • The most recent uploads by m. bibelot feature some gorgeously warm images that are a tasty little afternoon treat.

    August 2008

  • So the Kugels indulged his eccentric whim, laboring to reconstitute the Noailles vignette, down to the very last gilded bibelot.

    The Things Yves Loved

  • Observem o ar de cupidez com que ela cobiça aquele bibelot amarelo...

    A Fera

  • He glanced once more at a bibelot or two, and everything sent him back.

    The Ambassadors

  • Many carried pillow-cases, into which they had stuffed a favorite dress and hat, an extra pair of boots and a change of underclothing, some valuable bibelot or bundle of documents; to say nothing of their jewels and what food they could lay hands on.

    The California Birthday Book

  • I liked the space, too, the great high, empty rooms, with no frivolous little tables and screens or stuff on the walls, no photograph stands nor fancy vases for flowers, no bibelot of any kind -- large, heavy pieces of furniture which were always found every morning in exactly the same place.

    Chateau and Country Life in France

  • "It would add to my employment a crowning joy -- not a _bibelot_!"

    Golden Stories A Selection of the Best Fiction by the Foremost Writers

  • In the way of small joys I am already quite a connoisseur, indeed I might call myself a collector in that line -- of _bibelot_ editions, you understand, for thus far I seem to have been unable to acquire any of the larger specimens!

    Golden Stories A Selection of the Best Fiction by the Foremost Writers

  • There were other imperfections of vision, however, for which I felt responsible and ashamed; and with Dacres, though the situation, Heaven knows, was none of my seeking, I had a little the feeling of a dealer who offers a defective bibelot to a connoisseur.

    The Pool in the Desert

  • And in the meanwhile she was tasting what, she had begun to suspect, was the maximum of bliss to most of the women she knew: days packed with engagements, the exhilaration of fashionable crowds, the thrill of snapping up a jewel or a bibelot or a new "model" that one's best friend wanted, or of being invited to some private show, or some exclusive entertainment, that one's best friend couldn't get to.

    The Glimpses of the Moon

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  • Sir Lancelot, from Camelot, likes to get drunkalot. Ain't that a "small object of curiosity, beauty, or rarity?"

    February 16, 2007

  • "My favorite part of “©Murakami,�? a retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum of the juggernautish Japanese artist-entrepreneur Takashi Murakami, was the most controversial element in the show when it originated, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, last October: a functioning Louis Vuitton outlet, smack in the middle of things, selling aggressively pricey handbags and other bibelots, all Murakami-designed."

    The New Yorker, Buying It: A Takashi Murakami retrospective, by Peter Schjeldahl, April 14, 2008

    April 15, 2008