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bijou

[ bee-zhoo, bee-zhoo ]
/ ˈbi ʒu, biˈʒu /
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noun, plural bi·joux [bee-zhooz, bee-zhooz]. /ˈbi ʒuz, biˈʒuz/.

a jewel.
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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British Dictionary definitions for bijou

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
C19: from French, from Breton bizou finger ring, from biz finger; compare Welsh bys finger, Cornish bis
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