bibelot

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noun bi·be·lot \ˈbē-bə-ˌlō\

Definition of bibelot

plural

bibelots

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  1. :  a small household ornament or decorative object :  trinket

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Examples of bibelot in a sentence

  1. practically every horizontal surface in the Victorian parlor was blanketed with fussy little bibelots

Did You Know?

Can you think of a six-letter synonym of bibelot that starts with the letter "g"? No? How about an eight-letter one? Crossword puzzle whizzes might guess that the words we are thinking of are gewgaw and gimcrack. But bibelot, which English speakers borrowed from French in the late 1800s, has uses beyond wordplay. In addition to its general use as a synonym of trinket, it can refer specifically to a miniature book of elegant design (such as those made by Tiffany and Faberge). It also appears regularly in the names of things as diverse as restaurants and show dogs.

Origin and Etymology of bibelot

French


First Known Use: 1873



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