enfant de coeur

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French enfant de chœur.

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enfant de coeur

  1. (obsolete) A child who sings in a choir, typically quiet and well‐behaved.
    • 1919, Ronald Firbank, Valmouth, Duckworth, hardback edition, page #88:
      "Nowadays, the young people sit while their elders stand!" the Abbot succinctly said, riveting a curly-pated enfant de coeur lolling coxcombically beneath the nose of a doating Statilia.

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