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[bree-uh-let; French bree-aw-let] /ˌbri əˈlɛt; French bri ɔˈlɛt/
noun, plural briolettes
[bree-uh-lets; French bree-aw-let] /ˌbri əˈlɛts; French bri ɔˈlɛt/ (Show IPA)
any pear-shaped gem having its entire surface cut with triangular facets.
Origin of briolette
1860-65; < French, variant of brillolette, itself alteration (by association with brillant diamond) of brignolette literally, little dried plum (facetious coinage), equivalent to brignole (after Brignoles in Provence, where the plums are dried) + -ette -ette Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for briolette


a pear-shaped gem cut with long triangular facets
Word Origin
C19: from French, alteration of brillolette, from brignolette little dried plum, after Brignoles, France, where these plums are produced
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