Origin of bijouterie

1805–15; < French, equivalent to bijou bijou + -terie, extended form of -erie -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for bijouterie

Historical Examples of bijouterie

  • His "Aquarelles" are a good example of his art in bijouterie.

  • The time in which these things were made was a sentimental age, and it was well reflected in its bijouterie.

    A Lost Cause

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • The coral of commerce, so beautiful and so appreciated by lovers of bijouterie, is the polypidom.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier

  • He found good markets for his wares, since Roman love of bijouterie was strong, and he had few competitors.

British Dictionary definitions for bijouterie


  1. jewellery esteemed for the delicacy of the work rather than the value of the materials
  2. a collection of such jewellery
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