Bibelot

Bibelot

ˈbib(ə)ˌlō

Noun

  • A small, decorative ornament or trinket.

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Example Sentences

“Alyssa couldn’t resist purchasing a few bibelots before she left the store.”

“Mrs. Waters pulled out her collection of Santa-themed bibelots and collectibles every year on December 1.”

“The display cabinet was filled with glass bibelots in every shade of the rainbow.”

Word Origin

French, late 19th century

Why this word?

“Bibelot” originated from the French word “bel,” which means “beautiful.” There was a trend in the 19th century of creating fanciful English words from European languages, and “bibelot” is the perfect descriptor of the baubles, tchotchkes, and doodads you might find scattered around your house.

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