[ pap-uh-lon; French pa-pee-yawn ]
/ ˈpæp əˌlɒn; French pa piˈyɔ̃ /

noun, plural pap·il·lons [-lonz; French pa-pee-yawn] /-ˌlɒnz; French pa piˈyɔ̃/.

one of a breed of toy spaniels having a long, silky coat and large, erect ears held so that they resemble the wings of a butterfly.

Origin of papillon

1905–10; < French: butterfly < Latin pāpiliōn- (stem of pāpiliō) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for papillon

/ (ˈpæpɪˌlɒn) /


a breed of toy spaniel with large ears

Word Origin for papillon

French: butterfly, from Latin pāpiliō
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