Definition of “billet-doux” - English Dictionary


“billet-doux” in English

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billet-douxnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌbɪl.eɪˈduː/ us /ˌbɪl.eɪˈduː/ plural billets-doux uk /ˌbɪl.eɪˈduː/ us literary

a love letter

Examples from literature

  • He now felt not disinclined to take up the neglected billet-doux. He broke the seal and read. 
  • I sent her three or four billets-doux every day, and received as many. 
  • Nothing but billets-doux were found in his writing-case. 
  • The sexton who emptied it of its contents found in it more than fifty sequins, and several billets-doux, to the great scandal of the weaker brethren. 
  • This billet-doux was sealed and despatched, and in due time brought an acceptance. 

(Definition of “billet-doux” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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