Definition of billet-doux in English:


Syllabification: bil·let-doux
Pronunciation: /ˌbilā ˈdo͞o, ˌbēyā-

noun (plural billets-doux pronunc. same or /-ˈdo͞oz/)

dated or • humorous
  • A love letter.
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    • In the last four years alone, no fewer than three auctions have featured billets-doux and other letters written by the Duke of Windsor when he held the titles Prince of Wales and King Edward VIII.
    • As she seems easily fooled, why not send yourself sheaves of valentines and other billets-doux?
    • And so he returns to the paparazzi and the predictable billets-doux slipped under the door by self-justifying journalists who have hypocrisy tattooed on their foreheads.


late 17th century: French, literally 'sweet note'.

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