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[bawn-swar] /bɔ̃ˈswar/
interjection, French.
good evening; good night. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "bonsoir, monsieur," was the sharp reply, and the window was lowered with a bang.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • "bonsoir, dear friend," she greeted me in her delicious voice.

    A Village of Vagabonds F. Berkeley Smith
  • The "bonsoir, mon ami," of the first was frank and kind as usual, but I was immediately struck with a change in his manner.

    A Residence in France J. Fenimore Cooper
  • I said 'bonsoir' to you before, when you passed me in the street.

  • "I have the honour to wish madame a bonsoir," said he, but the lady was still sulky and vouchsafed no answer.

  • You 'd certainly have won all my gold; and now you must leave off in the midst of your good fortune—and so, bonsoir, et revanche.'

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • A selection of the untruths published in the French press during the war has been reproduced by the Paris journal, bonsoir.

  • bonsoir et bon voyage—tak' care for you—prenez garde pour les sauvages.

    The Conquest Eva Emery Dye
  • The comedy, which was a translation of bonsoir, Monsieur Pantalon, was even better.

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • "bonsoir," said he, turning a blushing, delighted face towards us.

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