[ bil-ey-doo, bil-ee-; French bee-yey-doo ]
/ ˈbɪl eɪˈdu, ˈbɪl i-; French bi yeɪˈdu /

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

a love letter.

Words nearby billet-doux

Origin of billet-doux

1665–75; < French: literally, sweet note. See billet1, douce Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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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