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bonne bouche

[bawn boosh] /bɔn ˈbuʃ/
noun, plural bonnes bouches
[bawn boosh] /bɔn ˈbuʃ/ (Show IPA).
French.
1.
a tidbit.
2.
an elegant treat: The special wine was a bonne bouche.
Origin of bonne bouche
literally, good mouth
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  • Are there not—the bonne bouche comes at last—priests and deacons?

    Guy Livingstone; George A. Lawrence
  • That was the bonne bouche of it all, for themselves and for the others.

    Balcony Stories Grace E. King
  • Our itinerary is now approaching its conclusion, yet we shall finish with a bonne bouche.

  • I had promised myself to go there, as one promises oneself a bonne bouche to finish a happy banquet.

    The Spell of Egypt Robert Hichens
  • He had killed a Frenchman himself, and carried his thighs and legs many miles as a bonne bouche for his friends at home at the pa.

    Old New Zealand Earl of Pembroke.
  • One last and most essential word I have reserved for the end as a bonne bouche.

  • As a bonne bouche, I dangled the adventure of the Temple of Mt, to sweeten the temper of grumblers: but there were no grumblers.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Smallbones took as good care as his master not to eat the herring, but put it in his pocket as a bonne bouche for Snarleyyow.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
  • Now for something which I have kept as the bonne bouche of my earthy story.

  • Thus the victim remains for a short time in order that the owl may enjoy the bonne bouche.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
British Dictionary definitions for bonne bouche

bonne bouche

/bɔn buʃ/
noun (pl) bonnes bouches (bɔn buʃ)
1.
a tasty titbit or morsel
Word Origin
literally: good mouth(ful)
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