Definition of honnête homme in English:

honnête homme

Syllabification: hon·nête homme
Pronunciation: /ôˈnet ˈôm


  • A decent, cultivated man of the world; a gentleman.
    More example sentences
    • The bourgeois honnêtes hommes will be glad to collect their car insurance and return to normalcy.
    • The honnête homme is not a truth-teller, but one who does ‘the right thing.’
    • They were bourgeois, gentlemen, honnêtes hommes, but their heart was with the weak ones, the oppressed ones in society.


mid 17th century: French, literally 'honest man'.

More definitions of honnête homme

Definition of honnête homme in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrə(ʊ)ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space