Definition of veilleuse in English:

veilleuse

Pronunciation /veɪˈjəːz/

noun

  • A small night light, typically highly decorated. Also: a small decorative burner on which a bowl or teapot can be placed, used to keep food or drink warm and typically pierced or made of translucent material in order to let out some light from the flame.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Belfast Monthly Magazine. From French veilleuse, feminine form corresponding to veilleur person who keeps watch, watchman from veiller to stay awake, to keep watch + -eur.