billet-doux


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bil·let-doux

 (bĭl′ā-do͞o′)
n. pl. bil·lets-doux (bĭl′ā-do͞oz′)
A love letter.

[French : billet, short note; see billet1 + doux, sweet (from Latin dulcis).]

billet-doux

(ˌbɪlɪˈduː; French bijɛdu)
n, pl billets-doux (ˌbɪlɪˈduːz; French bijɛdu)
old-fashioned or jocular a love letter
[C17: from French, literally: a sweet letter, from billet (see billet1) + doux sweet, from Latin dulcis]

bil•let-doux

(ˈbɪl eɪˈdu, ˈbɪl i-)

n., pl. bil•lets-doux (ˈbɪl eɪˈduz, -ˈdu, ˈbɪl i-)
a love letter.
[1665–75; < French]

billet-doux

A French phrase meaning sweet letter, used to mean a love letter.
Translations

billet-doux

[ˈbɪleɪˈduː] N (billets-doux (pl)) [ˈbɪleɪˈduː]carta f amorosa

billet-doux

nLiebesbrief m, → Billetdoux nt (old)
References in classic literature ?
Only circulars, and this coroneted billet-doux for you.
"Come and have one with me now before you read your little billet-doux, eh?"
Melinda Hartz McElroy, Billet-Doux Couture Stationary & Invitations
This oft-repeated handkerchief to billet-doux trope is not the only instance in which the rags within paper are understood to carry forward the residual matter and experiences of people who handled or wore cloth.
Tomboy is a beautifully crafted billet-doux to childhood innocence that deals sensitively with issues of gender identity and first crushes.
No felony, I hope." "Don't be ridiculous," he dismissed me with his all-knowing smile that I hated so much in school, when all the pretty girls were after him and employed me to hand their billet-doux on to him, the football star.
These days with email, text and Twitter, Nott's billet-doux would have been leaked all over the internet within minutes.
"Billet-doux": Was I tired of being human/when I dreamed that stub cicada,/blown cavity, bezeled melee of oblivion, blizzarding bees,//my wrists a slurry, melting snow/contused with apple sap?
If the whole movie is, as Hazanavicius has said, a love letter to cinema, then the music is a special billet-doux to the great composers of Hollywood, including Bernard Herrmann, Max Steiner, Franz Waxman, and Charlie Chaplin, and the longstanding tradition of film composers shamelessly lifting ideas from great composers like Prokofiev, Debussy, Ravel, Rachmaninov, and many more.
Tomboy is a beautifully crafted billet-doux to childhood innocence that deals sensitively on-screen chemistry with Disson, while Malonn Levana scene steals as Laure's precocious younger sister.
For an encore, I present a saga of love lost and regained based on a different rhyme: I heard from you By billet-doux Two words "We're through!" With passe-partout In hand, I flew To rendezvous New love pursue, We bill and coo-My own sweet coup!
A secondary and equally fraught romance is played out between the too-good Julia and the overwrought Faulkland, while Lydia's meddling aunt Malaprop exchanges lustful billet-doux with the stage Irishman Lucius O'Trigger, who's being misled by the cunning maid Lucy to think his correspondent is actually the lovely Lydia.