bibelot

[ bib-loh; French beebuh-loh ]
/ ˈbɪb loʊ; French bibəˈloʊ /

noun, plural bi·be·lots [bib-lohz; French beebuh-loh] /ˈbɪb loʊz; French bibəˈloʊ/.

a small object of curiosity, beauty, or rarity.

Nearby words

  1. bibb,
  2. bibb lettuce,
  3. bibber,
  4. bibble,
  5. bibcock,
  6. bibitory,
  7. bibl,
  8. bibl.,
  9. bible,
  10. bible banger

Origin of bibelot

1870–75; < French, equivalent to bibel- (expressive formation akin to bauble) + -ot noun suffix

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Examples from the Web for bibelot

  • Met him at the Bibelot once, and he was telling us how he attempted to make a fire with a couple of sticks.

    The Sea-Wolf|Jack London
  • I set to work at once, and in a very little while my bibelot was selected.

  • Regarded as a bibelot, Mrs. Wigger was, I think, of the first perfection.

    Turns about Town|Robert Cortes Holliday
  • She was terribly hurt; in her heart she had always feared her husband regarded her as a bibelot.

    The Twelfth Hour|Ada Leverson


British Dictionary definitions for bibelot

bibelot

/ (ˈbɪbləʊ, French biblo) /

noun

an attractive or curious trinket
a miniature book

Word Origin for bibelot

C19: from French, from Old French beubelet, perhaps from a reduplication of bel beautiful

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Word Origin and History for bibelot

bibelot

n.

"small curio," 1873, from French bibelot "knick-knack," from Old French beubelet "trinket, jewel" (12c.), from belbel "plaything," a reduplication of bel "pretty."

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