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[bon-bon; French bawn-bawn] /ˈbɒnˌbɒn; French bɔ̃ˈbɔ̃/
noun, plural bonbons
[bon-bonz; French bawn-bawn] /ˈbɒnˌbɒnz; French bɔ̃ˈbɔ̃/ (Show IPA)
a fondant, fruit, or nut center dipped in fondant or chocolate; a chocolate.
a piece of confectionery; candy.
Origin of bonbon
1790-1800; < French: literally, good-good; a repetitive compound, orig. nursery word Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • If you ask it for pain-killer it will not give you a bonbon.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • A set of Shakespeare from the Leonard twins, a bonbon dish from Vera.

    Tabitha at Ivy Hall Ruth Alberta Brown
  • Capt. Wainwright had been toying with a tin whistle which he had pulled from a bonbon.

    With the Battle Fleet Franklin Matthews
  • "Now I think we may go back," said Hildegarde, after her third bonbon.

    Hildegarde's Home Laura E. Richards
  • The bonbon dishes and all the glasses were of Venetian and Bohemian glass.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • The Russians cut it into inch squares, and serve it as a bonbon.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • And this indeed is the only kind of bonbon to be had in Rotterdam.

  • The princess, said Prue, as plainly as she could, considering the size of the bonbon which she was eating.

    Randy's Summer Amy Brooks
  • He could not console her with a kiss and a caress, and a bonbon, of course.

    The Road to Understanding

    Eleanor H. Porter
British Dictionary definitions for bonbon


a sweet
Word Origin
C19: from French, originally a children's word from bon good
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bonbon

1796, from French bonbon (17c.), childish reduplication of bon "good." Hence, bonbonniere (1818) "a box for sweets."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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