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bonheur du jour

Line breaks: bon|heur du jour
Pronunciation: /bɒˌnəː d(j)uː ˈʒʊə
 
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Definition of bonheur du jour in English:

noun (plural bonheurs du jour pronounced same)

A small writing table, usually fitted to hold toiletries, popular in 18th-century France.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

French, literally 'happiness of the day'.

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