[ bee-zhoo, bee-zhoo ]
/ ˈbi ʒu, biˈʒu /
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noun, plural bi·joux [bee-zhooz, bee-zhooz]. /ˈbi ʒuz, biˈʒuz/.
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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How to use bijou in a sentence
Opposite to Bijoux Hills we were for a long time aground on a sand bank.
Whist, the books of engravings, and the bijoux of the centre-table were exhausted, and small talk flagged.The Fatal Glove|Clara Augusta Jones Trask
The second room we visited was the Salle des Bijoux, and was entirely occupied by vases, jewels, and rare and costly cups.Paris: With Pen and Pencil|David W. Bartlett
Their natural graces and their bijoux are the details which set off their charms so splendidly.In the Land of Mosques & Minarets|Francis Miltoun
A daughter in one of Anatole France's books says to her mother: "Tu es pour les bijoux, je suis pour les dessous."Another Sheaf|John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for 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
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