Definition of bon mot in English:

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bon mot

Pronunciation: /ˌbän ˈmō/

noun (plural bons mots pronounced same or /ˈmōz/)

A witty remark.
Example sentences
  • He is laconically hilarious, hot in a blonde way, he can pass off a piece of dialogue as the wittiest bon mot without breaking a sweat and he also writes.
  • His elegant, meticulously phrased performances of Haydn and Mozart became legendary, as did his caustic, witty bons mots.
  • Every political side gets their shot at a bon mot, a quip, or a zinger.


Mid 18th century: French, literally 'good word'.

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Syllabification: bon mot

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