pa·​pil·​lon | \ ˌpä-pē-ˈyōⁿ How to pronounce papillon (audio) , ˌpa- \

Definition of papillon

: any of a European breed of small slender toy spaniels having large erect heavily fringed ears

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Recent Examples on the Web Hicks was hoping to tape a short segment for the show with her own animal, her beloved papillon, Pinkerton. Jenna Ross, Star Tribune, "Minnesota Orchestra plays with tigers and bears for its first TV children's concert," 8 Feb. 2021 Piper (A456639), a 2-year-old white-and-brown female papillon, is available for adoption. Washington Post, "Prince George’s County adopt a pet," 25 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of papillon

1907, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for papillon

French, literally, butterfly, from Latin papilion-, papilio

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“Papillon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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