billet-doux






noun, plural bil·lets-doux [bil-ey-dooz, bil-ee-; French bee-yey-doo] /ˈbɪl eɪˈduz, ˈbɪl i-; French bi yeɪˈdu/.

  1. a love letter.

noun plural billets-doux (ˌbɪlɪˈduːz, French bijɛdu)

  1. old-fashioned, or jocular a love letter
n.

also billet doux, 1670s, “love letter,” French, literally “sweet note,” from billet “document, note” (14c., diminutive of bille; see bill (n.1)) + doux “sweet,” from Latin dulcis (see dulcet).

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