Definition of bonheur du jour in English:

bonheur du jour


  • A small writing table, usually fitted to hold toiletries, popular in 18th-century France.

    • ‘The bonheur du jour is most notable for the quality of the workmanship.’
    • ‘She sat down at the bonheur du jour and stared at a blank sheet of paper, unsure for one moment of what she would write.’
    • ‘The Museum's two bonheurs-du-jour are veneered with tulipwood and trimmed with gilt bronze.’
    • ‘Meant as a place to read or write letters, the bonheur du jour is mounted on wheels so it can be rolled into the best light.’
    • ‘Martin Carlin is known to have made at least eleven such bonheurs-du-jour, seven of which were signed by him.’


French, literally ‘happiness of the day’.


bonheur du jour

/bɒˌnəː d(j)uː ˈʒʊə/