One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An elegant basket of flowers or fruit.
- ‘He smiled as he thought of the magnificent corbeille of flowers which he had already sent over to the Restaurant Bavaria to be placed in the breakfast-room.’
- ‘He ordered the corbeille from Paris, and contained himself with what patience he could until it arrived; then they were married.’
Early 19th century: French, ‘basket’ (see also corbeil).
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