bijou

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowing from French bijou

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)

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from Sabir, ultimately from Occitan pichon (small, little) , influenced by English bijou (jewel)[1]

Adjective[edit]

bijou (comparative more bijou, superlative most bijou)

  1. (Polari) small, little (often implying affection)
    • 1968 Kenneth Horne, "Bona Prods" in: Round the Horne
      You may have vada'd one of our tiny bijou masterpiecettes, heartface.
    • 1997, Ian Lucas, "The Color of His Eyes: Polari and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence" in: Anna Livia, Kira Hall (editors), Queerly Phrased: Language, Gender, and Sexuality, page 91
      We, the Sister of Perpetual Indulgence and the Gathered Faithful, do hereby invoke the spirit of our beloved Muffin the Mule, to recognize the bona work of Mr. Derek Jarman in promulgating Universal Joy [...] in his bijou masterpiecettes[.]
    • 2012, Paul, "Bijou Polari Appette pre-varda’d" in: Gay History (05/08/2012)
      Polari, used for decades by gay men, actors, and theatre performers and which famously appeared on primetime radio show Round The Horne, has been brought up-to-date with a bijou iPhone appette.
  2. (of a residence) small and elegant
  3. intricate; finely made

Usage notes[edit]

Often used with -ette on the noun that it describes, as in the quotations given above, and bijou problemette.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alan D. Corré, "Polari Words from Lingua Franca" in: A Glossary of Lingua Franca. 5th Edition, 2005

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.

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