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?
These days with email, text and Twitter, Nott's billet-doux would have been leaked all over the internet within minutes.
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.
I heard from you By billet-doux Two words "We're through
Stevenson was a Casanova of the billet-doux, and much of his love life was conducted by letter.
A corporate secretary often took pride in writing the entire billet-doux by hand.
With the help of her two young sons, she uses chocolate bits to stud an abbreviated billet-doux traced on the super-size heart.
FOUND an ancient billet-doux the day at the back a drawer.
billet-doux Pronounced 'bee-yay doo', this is a love letter.