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Jul 10, 2012
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Words borrowed from French

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risque
billet-doux
femme fatale
pudeur
dishabille

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billet-doux

PRONUNCIATION:
(bil-ay-DOO)
plural billets-doux (bil-ay-DOOZ)

MEANING:
noun: A love letter.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French billet doux (love letter), from billet (note) + doux (sweet). Earliest documented use: 1673.

USAGE:
"Pete Hamill, journalist and novelist, loves his city and this novel is his billet-doux."
Margaret Cannon; New in Crime Fiction; The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada); Dec 9, 2011.

See more usage examples of billet-doux in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Every human being's essential nature is perfect and faultless, but after years of immersion in the world we easily forget our roots and take on a counterfeit nature. -Lao-Tzu, philosopher (6th century BCE)

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