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[bon-uh-mee, bon-uh-mee; French baw-naw-mee] /ˌbɒn əˈmi, ˈbɒn əˌmi; French bɔ nɔˈmi/
frank and simple good-heartedness; a good-natured manner; friendliness; geniality.
Origin of bonhomie
1795-1805; < French, equivalent to bonhomme good-natured man (see boon2, Homo) + -ie -y3
Related forms
[bon-uh-muh s] /ˈbɒn ə məs/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • The bonhomie he supplied by not buttoning the two top buttons of his waistcoat.

    Abe and Mawruss Montague Glass
  • Hanna is famous for his bonhomie, and is a fine story-teller.

  • The expression on the face of his guide was free from anything but bonhomie.

    The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath
  • His address is frank, and his whole manner noticeable for bonhomie.

  • Sidney Hinchford was touched by his rich cousin's efforts to promote his interests, by his frankness, his bonhomie.

    Mattie:--A Stray (Vol 2 of 3) Frederick William Robinson
  • He is simple-minded, learned, tolerant, and the quintessence of bonhomie.

    Gryll Grange Thomas Love Peacock
  • She preserved the appearance of bonhomie, but her cordiality, her good nature, were not what they had been.

    December Love Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for bonhomie


/ˈbɒnəmiː; French bɔnɔmi/
exuberant friendliness
Word Origin
C18: from French, from bonhomme good-humoured fellow, from bon good + homme man
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bonhomie

"good nature," 1803, from French bonhomie "good nature, easy temper," from bonhomme "good man" (with unusual loss of -m-), from bon "good" (see bon) + homme "man," from Latin homo (see homunculus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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