bichon frise

noun
bi·​chon fri·​se | \ bē-ˌshōⁿ-frē-ˈzā How to pronounce bichon frise (audio) , ˈbē-ˌshȯn-fri-ˈzā How to pronounce bichon frise (audio) , -ˌshän- \
plural bichons frises\ bē-​ˌshōⁿ-​frē-​ˈzā(z) How to pronounce bichons frises (audio) , ˈbē-​ˌshȯn-​fri-​ˈzāz , -​ˌshän-​ \

Definition of bichon frise

: any of a breed of small sturdy dogs of Mediterranean origin having a thick wavy white coat

Examples of bichon frise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web MacInnis makes a point of going to bed around 10 every night, with a specific ritual that includes cuddling with her bichon frise and placing a moonstone gem over her heart to invoke calm and reflection. BostonGlobe.com, "Are you a zombie employee — unproductive, stressed out, and disengaged? You’d have plenty of company. More than a third of American adults fail to regularly get at least seven hours of shut-eye. In an always-on culture where employees sleep with their phones, fatigue is the new normal.," 15 Nov. 2019 Flynn the bichon frise won last year and is now retired. Ben Walker, The Seattle Times, "What to watch at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club dog show," 10 Feb. 2019 Daniela and Keith are parents to two sons and a bichon frise. Grace Gavilanes, PEOPLE.com, "Just Like Ariana & Pete, These Real Couples Got Engaged Within Weeks — But Are They Still Together?," 26 June 2018 As judging began Monday night, a borzoi named Lucy won the hound group, a pug dubbed Biggie won the toy group and a bichon frise called Flynn took the nonsporting group. Jennifer Peltz, The Seattle Times, "Dog show’s young handlers take a grown-up sport in stride," 12 Feb. 2018 Earlier this month, a small dog that was snatched by an eagle was reunited with its owners after a woman found the bichon frise abandoned on a roadway. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "Bald eagle takes down fox? Elkins Park abuzz over report," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of bichon frise

1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bichon frise

modification of French bichon à poil frisé curly-haired lapdog

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“Bichon frise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bichon%20frise. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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