Definition of Billet doux
1. Noun. A personal letter to a loved one expressing affection.
Lexicographical Neighbors of Billet Doux
Literary usage of Billet doux
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Works of Tobias Smollett by Tobias George Smollett, William Ernest Henley (1899)
"... and have recourse to the Bottle—Receive a Billet-doux—Am ravished with the contents—Find myself involved in an Intrigue, which I imagined would make my ..."
2. A Whimsey Anthology by Carolyn Wells (1906)
"A BILLET-DOUX ACCEPT, dear Miss, this article of mine, (For what's indefinite, who can define ?) My case is singular, my house is rural, ..."
3. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1883)
"It is very nicely gotten up, written with care, as nicely as a billet-doux between lovers, or a hospitable invitation to dinner." Mr. Hale, of Maine: "Not ..."
4. The Orthoëpist: A Pronouncing Manual Containing about Three Thousand Five by Alfred Ayres, Thomas Embley Osmun (1881)
"... vowels is more offensive to a cultured ear than the misplacing of an accent. billet-doux (Fr.)—be'ya'do'. The plural (billets-doux) is pronounced, ..."