[bree-uh-let; French bree-aw-let]

noun, plural bri·o·lettes [bree-uh-lets; French bree-aw-let] /ˌbri əˈlɛts; French bri ɔˈlɛt/.

any pear-shaped gem having its entire surface cut with triangular facets.

Nearby words

  1. brinny,
  2. brinton,
  3. briny,
  4. brio,
  5. brioche,
  6. briony,
  7. briquet,
  8. briquet's syndrome,
  9. briquette,
  10. bris

Origin of briolette

1860–65; < French, variant of brillolette, itself alteration (by association with brillant diamond) of brignolette literally, little dried plum (facetious coinage), equivalent to brignole (after Brignoles in Provence, where the plums are dried) + -ette -ette Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for briolette



a pear-shaped gem cut with long triangular facets

Word Origin for briolette

C19: from French, alteration of brillolette, from brignolette little dried plum, after Brignoles, France, where these plums are produced

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