- 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 bijoux
I have generally viewed these bijoux from a respectful distance.The Confessions of a Collector
William Carew Hazlitt
Opposite to Bijoux Hills we were for a long time aground on a sand bank.
I sold my bijoux, my all, to get money enough for them to go to England.A Woman's Experience in the Great War
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
Their natural graces and their bijoux are the details which set off their charms so splendidly.In the Land of Mosques & Minarets
- 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 bijoux
1660s, from French bijou, from Breton bizou "(jeweled) ring," from bez "finger" (cf. Cornish bisou "finger-ring," 13c.).
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