[ bee-zhoo, bee-zhoo ]
/ ˈbi ʒu, biˈʒu /
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 second room we visited was the Salle des Bijoux, and was entirely occupied by vases, jewels, and rare and costly cups.
Their natural graces and their bijoux are the details which set off their charms so splendidly.
British Dictionary definitions for bijou
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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