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[bawn] /bɔn/
noun, plural bonnes
[bawn] /bɔn/ (Show IPA).
a maid-servant.
a child's nurse.
Origin of bonne
literally, good (feminine)

à la bonne heure

[a la baw nœr] /a la bɔ ˈnœr/ French.
at the right moment.
well and good; just right; excellent.
literally, at the good hour Unabridged
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  • The French Canadians often contract "bonne" and "bon" in this way.

    Hetty's Strange History Helen Jackson
  • The three left the cafe together, followed by cries of "bonne chance."

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • The three left the caf together, followed by cries of "bonne chance."

    The Point Of Honor Joseph Conrad
  • Dr. Ridley was dismissed from the see of London, and bonne introduced.

  • Above all things, let her remember to be a good Englishwoman (bonne Anglaise).

    The Reign of Mary Tudor W. Llewelyn Williams.
  • I shall be Aline for you, and bonne Maman for all our children?

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • bonne Maman, my child, have I no more starched cravats left?

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • There is no part of the world where such a bonne fortune is not regarded with envy.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • It is not Zette but Euphémie that is the bonne amie of Bondon.

British Dictionary definitions for bonne


a housemaid or female servant
Word Origin
C18: from feminine of bon good
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