Definitions

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

  • noun A small, exquisitely wrought trinket.
  • adjective Small and elegant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun . A jewel; specifically, a jewel of gold richly wrought in the metal itself without the aid of precious stones. See bijouterie.
  • noun Hence2. An object of beauty of small size; something delicately pretty; any relatively small charming object.

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

  • noun A trinket; a jewel; -- a word applied to anything small and of elegant workmanship.

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

  • noun jewel
  • noun a piece of jewelry, a trinket
  • noun a small intricately made metalworking
  • adjective of a residence small and elegant
  • adjective intricate; finely made

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a small and delicately worked piece

Etymologies

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

[French, from Breton bizou, jeweled ring, from biz, finger.]

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From French bijou

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  • Also French, 'jewel'

    July 15, 2008

  • Yes, it's French. It comes from the Breton word bizou "(jewelled) ring" from bez "finger". Early known documented usage in English is dated 1668.

    December 7, 2008