[ bree-uh-let; French bree-aw-let ]
/ ˌbri əˈlɛt; French bri ɔˈlɛt /
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.
BEAT THE DOLDRUMS WITH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!
We know you’ll tackle this quiz totis viribus! See how many words from the week of Oct 12–18, 2020 you get right!
Question 1 of 7
What does “Indigenous” mean?
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
Words nearby briolette
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020
British Dictionary definitions for briolette
/ (ˌbriːəʊˈlɛt) /
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012