Definition of papillon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpäpēˈyôn/


A dog of a toy breed with ears suggesting the form of a butterfly.
Example sentences
  • The dogs - a mongrel, a Labrador, a papillon and three cocker spaniels - identified their chosen sample by lying down next to it.
  • Papillons are supposed to be absolutely wonderful companion dogs: friendly, smart, very driven to be helpful and interact with people.
  • The Papillon is sometimes called the "butterfly dog" because the ears look like butterfly wings. He always has an alert and intelligent expression.


Early 20th century: from French, literally 'butterfly', from Latin papilio(n-).

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Syllabification: pap·il·lon

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