from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A charm, an amulet, or a trinket carried after the fashion of an amulet, suspended to a bracelet or other article of personal adornment.


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  • Devant les entrées, des vielles dames vendent des décorations de fleurs porte-bonheur.

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  • Le 1er mai 1561, le roi Charles IX officialisa les choses : ayant reçu à cette date un brin de muguet en guise de porte-bonheur, il décida d'en offrir chaque année aux dames de la cour.

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  • La plante à clochettes a toujours symbolisé le printemps et les Celtes qui lui accordaient des vertus porte-bonheur.

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  • References: faire la grasse matinée = "to do the fat morning" (to sleep in); un porte-bonheur (m) = lucky charm; vendeur, vendeuse de muguet = lily of the valley seller; Le muguet du premier mai!

    muguet - French Word-A-Day

  • She had in her pocket a little gold _porte-bonheur_ which she had bought that morning to make

    A Mummer's Wife

  • a _porte-bonheur_ she said prettily -- whiled away the time until the people began to drift out of the Wonder Houses to dress for dinner.

    The Belovéd Vagabond

  • But what does come to me is that the husband of our illustrious and wealthy friend wears in his breast that porte-bonheur, which I believe is called horns. "

    Caesar or Nothing


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  • All sages I'm sure will concur

    On need for a good porte-bonheur,

    A charm to protect

    And maybe deflect

    Capricious storms of force majeure.

    April 18, 2017