One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An object displayed or intended for display as an ornament.
ornament, novelty, gewgaw, piece of bric-a-brac, bibelot, trinket, trifle, bauble, gimcrack, bagatelle, curio, curiosity, plaything, toyView synonyms
- ‘Certain desirable objets such as old roof tiles, an ancient cartwheel, a granite water trough and other items we hardly thought of as portable disappeared one by one from the building site.’
- ‘The exhibition itself comprised a well-stocked tour of Art Deco objets from the Paris exposition des arts decoratifs in 1925 onwards - it features some incredible pieces.’
- ‘For street fashion and younger boutiques - plus antiques and bijoux objets - head for the pedestrianised area around Via dei Fiori Chiari (by the Brera museum) and its northern extension in Via Solferino.’
- ‘The Leith loft might be a vista of bleached oak, spine-injuring Italian seating and objets so minimalist they were invisible to the naked eye.’
- ‘Inside, it's a treasure trove of elaborate furnishings and finely worked objets shipped out from Europe with little regard to cost.’
French, literally ‘object’.
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