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Sunday, January 26, 2014

boîte

\bwaht; Fr. bwat\ , noun;
1.
a nightclub; cabaret.
Quotes:
Three more people entered the boîte and one of them was Clarisse. She saw Daniel, nodded without smiling and looked for a place to sit.
-- Hugh MacLennan, Return of the Sphinx, 1967
You're here now, at this groovy new boîte, for instance.
-- Kim Moritsugu, The Restoration of Emily, 2006
Origin:
Boîte entered English in the early 1900s from the French word of the same spelling, which literally means "box" but is also used to refer to a nightclub, from the phrase boîte de nuit which means "box of the night."
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