feu de joie

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French feu de joie (literally fire of joy).

Noun[edit]

feu de joie (plural feux de joie)

  1. (obsolete) A bonfire.
  2. A celebratory salute made by firing guns into the air sequentially along a line.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘Watches of the Night’, Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio 2005, p. 60:
      while Platte was rolling over and over on the turf, like a shot rabbit, the watch and guard flew from his waistcoat—as an Infantry Major's sword hops out of the scabbard when they are firing a feu-de-joie

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Noun[edit]

feu de joie m (plural feux de joie)

  1. bonfire

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