noun, plural pap·il·lons [-lonz; French pa-pee-yawn] /-ˌlɒnz; French pa piˈyɔ̃/.
Origin of papillon
Examples from the Web for papillon
Such a letter helps us to realise the loss suffered by France from the exile of men like Papillon.The Anglo-French Entente in the Seventeenth Century|Charles Bastide
It was probably the essays of Papillon that provoked curious experiments on the part of other wood engravers.The Printed Book|Henri Bouchot
The learned Zani had, in truth, his own reasons for taking Papillon at his word.Engraving: Its Origin, Processes, and History|Henri Delaborde
The young detective was hastening away, when Papillon called him back.Monsieur Lecoq, v.1|Emile Gaboriau
She adds to her gift the horse Papillon and his comrade Benoist.The Fairy Mythology|Thomas Keightley
British Dictionary definitions for papillon
Word Origin for papillon
Word Origin and History for papillon
1907, as a breed of dog, from French papillon, literally "butterfly," from Latin papilionem (nominative papilio) "butterfly," perhaps from a reduplicated form of PIE root *pal- "to touch, feel, shake."
The Latin word is cognate with Old English fifealde "butterfly," Old Saxon fifoldara, Old Norse fifrildi, Old High German vivaltra, German Falter. The dog so called for the shape of the ears.