Meaning of “bon mot” in the English Dictionary

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"bon mot" in British English

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bon motnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌbɒn ˈməʊ/ us /ˌbɑːn ˈmoʊ/ plural bons mots /ˌbɒnˈməʊ/ /ˌbɑːnˈmoʊ/ formal

Examples from literature

  • Jests and bon mots followed each other in rapid succession until the arrival of the carriage recalled to our faces an expression of official earnestness. 
  • She avenged herself, in her drawing-room, by the biting bon mots which she hurled at Napoleon and his family, and which were of course faithfully repeated to the first consul. 
  • The last great speech in Parliament, or the newest bon mot, were equally acceptable and equally relished. 
  • The last new song or 'bon mot' and the gossip of the day were the sole topics of conversation in the Queen's parties. 
  • You are full of jokes and bon mots. 

(Definition of “bon mot” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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