Part of speech: noun
Origin: French, late 19th century
A small, decorative ornament or trinket.
Examples of Bibelot in a sentence
"Alyssa couldn't resist purchasing a few bibelots before she left the store."
"Mr. Willis' collection of Santa-themed bibelots, tchotchkes, and collectibles was pulled out every year on December 1."
Popularity Over Time
Bibelot originated from the French word "bel," which means beautiful. It developed over time to also contain the meaning "fanciful formation," a perfect descriptor of the baubles, tchotchkes, and doodads you might find scattered around your house.
Did you Know?
Among many holiday traditions, the practice of decorating Christmas trees is especially beloved. While you can buy bibelots and baubles to hang on your branches, the best ones are often heirlooms — or handmade with love.