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1. Small and elegant; "bijou villas"; "can Americans be persuaded to pay out dollars for bijou cars?".
1. A small and delicately worked piece.
Source: WordNet 1.7.1 Copyright © 2001 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
Date "bijou" was first used in popular English literature: sometime before 1844. (references)
Etymology: Bijou \Bi*jou"\, noun; plural Bijoux. [French expression; of uncertain origin.]. (references)
Synonyms within Context: Bijou
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Pea butterfly; garden; flower of, pink of; bijou; jewel; (ornament); work of art.
Tidbit; gem, gem of the first water; bijou, precious stone, jewel, pearl, diamond, ruby, brilliant, treasure; good thing; rara avis, one in a thousand.
Noun: jewel, jewelry, jewellery; bijoutry; bijou, bijouterie; trinket;fine jewelry; costume jewelry, junk jewelry; gem, gemstone, precious stone.
|Source: adapted from Roget's Thesaurus.|
|English words defined with "bijou": Bijoux. (references)|
|Etymologies containing "bijou": Bijoutry. (references)|
|Non-English Usage: "Bijou" is also a word in the following language with English translations in parentheses.|
French (bijou, brooch, jewel).
Le Bijou (1946)
Image Slideshow: Bijou
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Bijou. Credit: Library of Congress.
|"Bijou" is generally used as a noun (singular) -- approximately 91.30% of the time. "Bijou" is used about 23 times out of a sample of 100 million words spoken or written in English. Its rank is based on over 700,000 words used in the English language. Some parts-of-speech are not covered due to the samples used by the British National Corpus. (note: percents less than one-hundredth of one percent have been omitted)|
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