objet de vertu

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From objet + de + variant form of virtu, after e.g. French objet d'art. The term does not exist in French.

Noun[edit]

objet de vertu (plural objets de vertu)

  1. An object of particular interest for reasons of history, workmanship etc.
    • 1974, Lawrence Durrell, Monsieur, Faber & Faber 1992, p. 260:
      We impotents are great collectors of objets de vertu, snuffboxes, musical boxes, knick-knacks.