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Sunday, April 28, 2002

Definitions for bonhomie

  1. frank and simple good-heartedness; a good-natured manner; friendliness; geniality.

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Citations for bonhomie
The walls of her year-old restaurant are dotted with proclamations of bonhomie—there’s a chalkboard announcing, “We serve with heart and proudly support local farms,” a blaring light-bulb-studded “LOVE” sign, and a giant stencilled Julia Child quote likening cooking to, well, love. Shauna Lyon, "Ngam," The New Yorker, February 11, 2013
She was much addicted to these little embellishments of human intercourse—the friendly apostrophe and even the caressing hand—and there was something homely and cosy, a rustic, motherly bonhomie, in her use of them. She was as lavish of them as she was really careful in the selection of her friends. Henry James, "Mrs. Temperly," A London Life, 1889
Origin of bonhomie
Bonhomie entered English from French and is related to the French term bonhomme meaning "good-natured man."