Definition of honnête homme in English:

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honnête homme

Pronunciation: /ôˌnet ˈôm/


A decent, cultivated man of the world; a gentleman.
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'.

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Syllabification: hon·nête homme

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