[bon; French bawn]
- Cape, a cape on the NE coast of Tunisia: surrender of the German African forces, May 12, 1943.
Also called Ras Addar.
- an annual festival of the Japanese Buddhists, welcoming ancestral spirits to household altars.
Origin of Bon2
< Japanese, orig. Urabon < Chinese version of Sanskrit ullambana literally, hanging upside down (a metaphor for the suffering brought on by physical desires)
Also called Feast of Lanterns.
- a shamanistic Tibetan sect, absorbed by the first Buddhist sects of the 7th century and later.
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"Well, then, I'll marry the bon Dieu" I answered, and my voice was quite resolute now.My Double Life
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"Bon jour, monsieur," said the captain in a tone of obnoxious pleasantry.The Inn at the Red Oak
I heard every note, and thought the trees and the brook were enjoying a duo, and—Bon Dieu!Melomaniacs
The French Canadians often contract "bonne" and "bon" in this way.Hetty's Strange History
- Also called: Feast of Lanterns, Festival of Lanterns an annual festival celebrated by Japanese Buddhists
- the pre-Buddhist priests of Tibet or one such priest
- their religion
from Japanese bon, originally Urabon, from Sanskrit ullambana hanging upside down
- Cape Bon a peninsula of NE Tunisia
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Word Origin and History for bon
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