Billets-doux
Billet-doux Bil`let-doux" (b[i^]l`l[asl]*d[=oo]"), n.; pl. {Billets-doux} (b[i^]l`l[asl]*d[=oo]z"). [F. billet note + doux sweet, L. dulcis.] A love letter or note. [1913 Webster]

A lover chanting out a billet-doux. --Spectator. [1913 Webster]


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  • Billet-doux — Bil let doux (b[i^]l l[asl]*d[=oo] ), n.; pl. {Billets doux} (b[i^]l l[asl]*d[=oo]z ). [F. billet note + doux sweet, L. dulcis.] A love letter or note. [1913 Webster] A lover chanting out a billet doux. Spectator. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • billet-doux — UK [ˌbɪleɪ ˈduː] / US [ˌbɪleɪ ˈdu] noun [countable] Word forms billet doux : singular billet doux plural billets doux UK [ˌbɪleɪ ˈduːz] / US [ˌbɪleɪˈduz] literary a letter expressing your love for someone …   English dictionary

  • billet-doux — noun (plural billets doux) Etymology: French billet doux, literally, sweet letter Date: 1673 a love letter …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • billet-doux — ► NOUN (pl. billets doux) dated or humorous ▪ a love letter. ORIGIN French, sweet note …   English terms dictionary

  • billet-doux — [bē΄yā do͞o′, bil΄ādo͞o] n. pl. billets doux [bē΄yā do͞o′, bil΄ā do͞o′; bē΄yādo͞oz′, bil΄ādo͞oz′] [Fr, lit., sweet letter] a love letter …   English World dictionary

  • billet-doux — /bil ay dooh , bil ee /; Fr. /bee yay dooh /, n., pl. billets doux /bil ay doohz , bil ee /; Fr. /bee yay dooh /. a love letter. [1665 75; < F: lit., sweet note. See BILLET1, DOUCE] * * * …   Universalium

  • billet-doux —  (Fr.) Love letter; pl. billets doux …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • billet-doux — [ˌbɪlɪ du:] noun (plural billets doux du:z) chiefly humorous a love letter. Origin C17: Fr., lit. sweet note …   English new terms dictionary

  • (a) billet-doux — humorous a love letter. They ve been exchanging billets doux, but I don t know how serious it is …   New idioms dictionary

  • billet-doux — noun plural billets doux, (C) French humorous or literary a love letter …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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