objet de vertu

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From French objet + de + variant form of English virtu, after e.g. English objet d'art, from French objet d'art.

The term objet de vertu does not exist in French.


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.