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[bee-zhoo, bee-zhoo]
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noun, plural bi·joux [bee-zhooz, bee-zhooz] /ˈbi ʒuz, biˈʒuz/.
  1. a jewel.
  2. something small, delicate, and exquisitely wrought.
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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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noun plural -joux (-ʒuːz)
  1. something small and delicately worked, such as a trinket
  2. (modifier) often ironic small but elegant and tastefula bijou residence
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Word Origin

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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