Meaning of bichon frise in English:

bichon frise

Pronunciation /biːʃ(ə)n ˈfriːz/

nounplural noun bichons frise, plural noun bichon frises

  • A small dog of a breed with a fine, curly white coat.

    ‘Lupine qualities are apparent in the Alaskan malamute, but unfathomable in the bichon frise.’
    • ‘If ever the greeting card industry needs a poster dog for Valentine's Day, there is no better candidate than the bichon frise.’
    • ‘As soon as a young woman walking her bichon frise came by in the other direction, the men's chatter started up again.’
    • ‘The nine-year-old bichon frise became trapped and Mrs Black rushed to help.’
    • ‘Today I watched a woman keeping an anxious eye on her bichon frise's bowel movements.’


From French barbichon ‘little water spaniel’ + frisé ‘curly-haired’.