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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Definitions for billet-doux

  1. A love letter.

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Citations for billet-doux
The bouquet struck her full in the chest, and a little billet-doux fell out of it into her lap. E. M. Forster, Where Angels Fear to Tread
Or you receive a billet doux in a careless scrawl you can't read. What sort of billet doux is that, I ask you? William H. Gass, Willie Masters' Lonesome Wife
Origin of billet-doux
Billet-doux literally means "sweet note" in French. It entered English in the 1660s.