Dictionary.com

bijou

[ bee-zhoo, bee-zhoo ]
/ ˈbi ʒu, biˈʒu /
Save This Word!

noun, plural bi·joux [bee-zhooz, bee-zhooz]. /ˈbi ʒuz, biˈʒuz/.

a jewel.
something small, delicate, and exquisitely wrought.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON THE MANY TYPES OF NOUNS

They're everywhere you turn, but can you identify the 10 types of nouns easily? This quiz will test your mettle against singular, plural, concrete, abstract, common, proper, collective, compound, countable, and uncountable nouns!
Question 1 of 7
Shoelaces, rainbow, toothpaste, and haircuts are all what type of noun?

Meet Grammar Coach

Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing

Meet Grammar Coach

Improve Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of bijou

1660–70; <French <Breton bizou (jeweled) ring, derivative of biz finger; cognate with Cornish bisou finger-ring, derivative of bis finger
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for bijou

British Dictionary definitions for bijou

bijou
/ (ˈbiːʒuː) /

noun plural -joux (-ʒuːz)

something small and delicately worked, such as a trinket
(modifier) often ironic small but elegant and tastefula bijou residence

Word Origin for bijou

C19: from French, from Breton bizou finger ring, from biz finger; compare Welsh bys finger, Cornish bis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK