billet-doux

noun
bil·let-doux | \ˌbi-lē-ˈdü, ˌbi-(ˌ)lā-\
plural billets-doux\ˌbi-lē-ˈdü(z), ˌbi-(ˌ)lā- \

Definition of billet-doux 

: a love letter

First Known Use of billet-doux

1673, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for billet-doux

French billet doux, literally, sweet letter

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about billet-doux

Share billet-doux

Listen to Our Podcast about billet-doux

Dictionary Entries near billet-doux

biller

Billerica

billet

billet-doux

billethead

billet rolls

billetwood

Statistics for billet-doux

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for billet-doux

The first known use of billet-doux was in 1673

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on billet-doux

See words that rhyme with billet-doux

Comments on billet-doux

What made you want to look up billet-doux? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to reject or criticize sharply

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!