Definition of bibelot in English:



  • A small, decorative ornament or trinket.

    ‘bibelots like snuffboxes and jewelled ostrich feather fans’
    • ‘Perhaps she is preparing for a discussion about politics or bibelots or new palaces with the King.’
    • ‘It includes maps, pictures, documents, costumes, jewelry, and bibelots by Faberge.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, almost everything in their home comes from Austria with a few bibelots from Margarita's native Russia.’
    • ‘A profusion of lamps and sconces relieved the gloom, bathing in pink glow sofas, settees, armchairs, side tables, étagères, escritoires, bibelots, and curios the pair had collected.’
    • ‘You know I've been checking out the eBay market for porcelain bibelots?’
    • ‘Ravel surrounded himself with fake oriental objects, and the essential artificiality of his exotic bibelots finds clear echoes in Ravel's admission that he was ‘artificial by nature’.’
    • ‘Funnily enough, he feels the same about my precious bibelots, but I have an elaborate rationalisation for my tendency to accrue.’
    • ‘Intended for the boudoir, this is a small writing table fitted to hold toiletries and bibelots.’
    • ‘A fantastic gilded bronze bibelot featuring three sirens astride an elephant once stood on a mosaic plinth with three tiny yet accurate models of the Greek temples at Paestum.’
    • ‘We may well dismiss some of these objects as bibelots, but there is little doubt that the non-professional tradition exists and that we might as well call its constituents ‘art’, just in case.’
    • ‘The Russian royal jeweller's name is now synonymous with ovoid objets d' art, as well as baubles and bibelots of mind-blowing beauty and breathtaking imagination.’
    • ‘In addition to the chatelaine, a fan and a snuffbox were among the bibelots often carried by members of society.’
    • ‘He did not have - could not have - the same drawing power as the artist, surrounded in his villa by furniture and bibelots from the artist's house, nor was he so feline.’
    • ‘Various-sized geometric forms constructed of bubble wrap, placed throughout the gallery, looked like small, eerily glowing pods, ready to bundle up the permanent collection bibelots and return them to their Far East homes.’
    • ‘Personalize chenille throws with bohemian motifs and cowgirl bibelots created from crafts- and leather-store supplies.’
    ornament, novelty, gewgaw, piece of bric-a-brac, trinket, trifle, bauble, gimcrack, bagatelle, curio, curiosity, plaything, toy
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Late 19th century: from French, fanciful formation based on bel ‘beautiful’.