noun (plural bonheurs du jour pronounced same)
A small writing table, usually fitted to hold toiletries, popular in 18th-century France.
- She sat down at the bonheur du jour and stared at a blank sheet of paper, unsure for one moment of what she would write.
- Meant as a place to read or write letters, the bonheur du jour is mounted on wheels so it can be rolled into the best light.
- The Museum's two bonheurs-du-jour are veneered with tulipwood and trimmed with gilt bronze.
French, literally 'happiness of the day'.
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