oeil-de-boeuf

[ French œ-yuh-duh-bœf ]

noun,plural oeils-de-boeuf [French œ-yuh-duh-bœf]. /French ˌœ yə dəˈbœf/.
  1. a comparatively small round or oval window, as in a frieze.

Origin of oeil-de-boeuf

1
<French: literally, bull's eye

Words Nearby oeil-de-boeuf

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How to use oeil-de-boeuf in a sentence

  • The Oeil de Boeuf, the famous hall of the courtiers, had a magical enchantment for Lecour.

    The False Chevalier | William Douw Lighthall
  • No sooner was this completed than a rustling in the Oeil de Boeuf informed them that the King was passing.

    The False Chevalier | William Douw Lighthall
  • No wonder that the oeil-de-boeuf feels melancholy, when you are suppressing its places!

    The French Revolution | Thomas Carlyle
  • Circumstances made the life of courts the best obtainable; but there is no trace of French 'oeil-de-boeuf' servility.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7) | John Addington Symonds
  • Complaints abound; scarcity, anxiety: it is a changed oeil-de-boeuf.

    The French Revolution | Thomas Carlyle

British Dictionary definitions for oeil-de-boeuf

oeil-de-boeuf

/ French (œjdəbœf) /


nounplural oeils-de-boeuf (œjdəbœf)
  1. a circular window, esp in 17th- and 18th-century French architecture

Origin of oeil-de-boeuf

1
literally: bull's eye

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