Bichon Frise

[ bee-shon -freez, fri-zey; French bee-shawn free-zey ]
/ ˈbi ʃɒn ˈfriz, frɪˈzeɪ; French bi ʃɔ̃ friˈzeɪ /


one of a French-Belgian breed of small dog having a silky, loosely curled, thick white coat, a topknot, dropped ears with long flowing hair, and a tail curved over its back, originally developed in the Mediterranean area.



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Origin of Bichon Frise

First recorded in 1965–70; from French: literally, “curly bichon ” a breed of lapdog, shortening of barbichon, diminutive of barbet a kind of spaniel, ultimately derivative of barbe “beard”; see barb1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for Bichon Frise

bichon frise
/ (ˈbiːʃɒn ˈfriːzeɪ) /

noun plural bichon frises

a small white poodle-like dog of European origin, with a silky, loosely curling coat

Word Origin for bichon frise

C20: French, literally: curly toy dog
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