noun (plural bon mots or bons mots pronounced same or /-məʊz/)
A witty remark.
- 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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