Bibelot

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bibelot A small decorative object without practical utility. "Her pictures, her furniture, and her bibelots ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bibelot A small object of curiosity, beauty, or rarity; especially, an object of this kind which can be kept in a cabinet or on a shelf. See curio.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

She glanced at the white room with its dainty bibelots, the Bible, the Madonnas, watching, benign.
"Frances Waldeaux" by Rebecca Harding Davis
The richest "bibelots" and curiosities danced before the eyes of the new-comers.
"A Start in Life" by Honore de Balzac
Alone and independent, she earned the affection of Madame Bibelot, the concierge, and, what was more, her confidence.
"Tales of Trail and Town" by Bret Harte
Should I risk my life to save a few tapestries and bibelots?
"The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar" by Maurice Leblanc
She also established a depot to which women could come privately and sell their laces, jewels, bibelots, etc.
"The Living Present" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
The person who said that a taste for old furniture and bibelots was "worse than a passion, it was a vice," was certainly near the truth!
"The House in Good Taste" by Elsie de Wolfe
My affection for bibelots was awakened in that city of antiquaries.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume IV (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
But it was the very slightness of these bibelots that disorganised me.
"Certain Personal Matters" by H. G. Wells
In Dieppe this ivory was carved by deft artistic fingers into crucifixes, rosaries, little caskets, and other exquisite bibelots.
"Days of the Discoverers" by L. Lamprey
His psychological bibelots were not for everyone.
"When Winter Comes to Main Street" by Grant Martin Overton
She was terribly hurt; in her heart she had always feared her husband regarded her as a bibelot.
"The Twelfth Hour" by Ada Leverson
Regarded as a bibelot, Mrs. Wigger was, I think, of the first perfection.
"Turns about Town" by Robert Cortes Holliday
The workmen will be out of the drawing-rooms, and I shall get all kinds of little odd tables and chairs and unpack my own bibelots.
"Letters of a Diplomat's Wife" by Mary King Waddington
In past times such articles took the place of bibelots.
"The Decoration of Houses" by Edith Wharton
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In news:

Michael Robertson's latest furniture boutique remains the best place to find great deals on well-worn bibelots.
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