bijou

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French bijou

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bijou (plural bijous)

  1. jewel
  2. a piece of jewelry, a trinket
  3. a small intricately made metalworking

Adjective[edit]

bijou (comparative more bijou, superlative most bijou)

  1. (of a residence) small and elegant
  2. intricate; finely made

Dutch[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • byou (hyperforeignism)

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French bijou.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bijou m (plural bijoux or bijous, diminutive bijoutje n)

  1. a piece of jewelry, often specifically with fake gems

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Breton bizou ("ring"), from biz (finger).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bijou m (plural bijoux)

  1. a piece of jewelry

Usage notes[edit]

Only seven words in French ending in ou have their plurals in oux instead of ous: bijou, caillou, chou, genou, hibou, joujou, pou.

See also[edit]