- a jewel.
- something small, delicate, and exquisitely wrought.
Origin of bijou
1660–70; < French < Breton bizou (jeweled) ring, derivative of biz finger; cognate with Cornish bisou finger-ring, derivative of bis finger
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Examples from the Web for bijou
Her inner circle of friends included Paris and Nicky Hilton, Bijou Phillips and Lindsay Lohan.Death of an Heiress
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Bijou was the first little male he had ever been jealous of.
What he said to Bijou in an interview that evening of four hours is no business of ours.
A villa at Monte Carlo she decided at last—A bijou of a place!Man and Maid
But this afternoon the levee at Bijou had been the scene of a new panic.Solomon Crow's Christmas Pockets and Other Tales
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But, on reaching the Bijou, she could not restrain a 294 cry.The Bill-Toppers
- something small and delicately worked, such as a trinket
- (modifier) often ironic small but elegant and tastefula bijou residence
C19: from French, from Breton bizou finger ring, from biz finger; compare Welsh bys finger, Cornish bis
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Word Origin and History for bijou
1660s, from French bijou, from Breton bizou "(jeweled) ring," from bez "finger" (cf. Cornish bisou "finger-ring," 13c.).
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