What does the word "bijou" mean?


The word bijou refers to something small and elegant. It is often used as an adjective in order to describe an elegant object. For example, a fashionable coffee shop might be referred to as a bijou cafe. In rare cases, bijou is also used to describe small delicate jewelry.

The word bijou derives from the French word "bizou," or ring. Although it is spelled with a "j" the word bijou is pronounced "bee-zhoo." In the past, bijou was used to describe ornate jewelry. This use is less common as of 2014, but the word still carries the connotations of daintiness and fine craftsmanship.

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