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billet-doux

[ bil-ey-doo, bil-ee-; French bee-yey-doo ]
/ ˈbɪl eɪˈdu, ˈbɪl i-; French bi yeɪˈdu /
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noun, plural bil·lets-doux [bil-ey-dooz, bil-ee-; French bee-yey-doo]. /ˈbɪl eɪˈduz, ˈbɪl i-; French bi yeɪˈdu/.

a love letter.

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Origin of billet-doux

1665–75; <French: literally, sweet note. See billet1, douce

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British Dictionary definitions for billet-doux

billet-doux
/ (ˌbɪlɪˈduː, French bijɛdu) /

noun plural billets-doux (ˌbɪlɪˈduːz, French bijɛdu)

old-fashioned, or jocular a love letter

Word Origin for billet-doux

C17: from French, literally: a sweet letter, from billet (see billet 1) + doux sweet, from Latin dulcis
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