- a small object of curiosity, beauty, or rarity.
Origin of bibelot
Related Words for bibelotbauble, curio, curiosity, gewgaw, gimcrack, knickknack, novelty, ornament, trifle, gaud, whatnot
Examples from the Web for bibelot
Historical Examples of bibelot
Regarded as a bibelot, Mrs. Wigger was, I think, of the first perfection.Turns about Town
Robert Cortes Holliday
I set to work at once, and in a very little while my bibelot was selected.Certain Personal Matters
H. G. Wells
She was terribly hurt; in her heart she had always feared her husband regarded her as a bibelot.The Twelfth Hour
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
- an attractive or curious trinket
- a miniature book
Word Origin for bibelot
"small curio," 1873, from French bibelot "knick-knack," from Old French beubelet "trinket, jewel" (12c.), from belbel "plaything," a reduplication of bel "pretty."