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[bib-loh; French beebuh-loh] /ˈbɪb loʊ; French bibəˈloʊ/
noun, plural bibelots
[bib-lohz; French beebuh-loh] /ˈbɪb loʊz; French bibəˈloʊ/ (Show IPA)
a small object of curiosity, beauty, or rarity.
Origin of bibelot
1870-75; < French, equivalent to bibel- (expressive formation akin to bauble) + -ot noun suffix Unabridged
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  • She was terribly hurt; in her heart she had always feared her husband regarded her as a bibelot.

    The Twelfth Hour Ada Leverson
  • I set to work at once, and in a very little while my bibelot was selected.

  • Regarded as a bibelot, Mrs. Wigger was, I think, of the first perfection.

    Turns about Town Robert Cortes Holliday
  • Met him at the bibelot once, and he was telling us how he attempted to make a fire with a couple of sticks.

    The Sea-Wolf Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for bibelot


/ˈbɪbləʊ; French biblo/
an attractive or curious trinket
a miniature book
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Old French beubelet, perhaps from a reduplication of bel beautiful
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Word Origin and History for bibelot

"small curio," 1873, from French bibelot "knick-knack," from Old French beubelet "trinket, jewel" (12c.), from belbel "plaything," a reduplication of bel "pretty."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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