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[bee-zhoo, bee-zhoo] /ˈbi ʒu, biˈʒu/
noun, plural bijoux
[bee-zhooz, bee-zhooz] /ˈbi ʒuz, biˈʒuz/ (Show IPA)
a jewel.
something small, delicate, and exquisitely wrought.
Origin of bijou
1660-70; < French < Breton bizou (jeweled) ring, derivative of biz finger; cognate with Cornish bisou finger-ring, derivative of bis finger Unabridged
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  • To let: bijou residence, airy and well-ventilated, patio garden.
  • Instead of being flattened the old shop-houses were renovated and turned into bijou modern homes.
British Dictionary definitions for bijou


noun (pl) -joux (-ʒuːz)
something small and delicately worked, such as a trinket
(modifier) (often ironic) small but elegant and tasteful: a bijou residence
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Breton bizou finger ring, from biz finger; compare Welsh bys finger, Cornish bis
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Word Origin and History for bijou

1660s, from French bijou, from Breton bizou "(jeweled) ring," from bez "finger" (cf. Cornish bisou "finger-ring," 13c.).

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