Bon

1
[ bon; French bawn ]
/ bɒn; French bɔ̃ /
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noun

Cape, a cape on the NE coast of Tunisia: surrender of the German African forces, May 12, 1943.
Also called Ras Addar.

Definition for bon (2 of 3)

Bon

2
[ bawn ]
/ bɔn /

noun

an annual festival of the Japanese Buddhists, welcoming ancestral spirits to household altars.

Origin of Bon

2
< 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.

Definition for bon (3 of 3)

Bön

[ bohn ]
/ boʊn /

noun

a shamanistic Tibetan sect, absorbed by the first Buddhist sects of the 7th century and later.
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British Dictionary definitions for bon (1 of 2)

Bon

1
/ (bɔːn) /

noun

Also called: Feast of Lanterns, Festival of Lanterns an annual festival celebrated by Japanese Buddhists
  1. the pre-Buddhist priests of Tibet or one such priest
  2. their religion

Word Origin for Bon

from Japanese bon, originally Urabon, from Sanskrit ullambana hanging upside down

British Dictionary definitions for bon (2 of 2)

Bon

2
/ (bɒn) /

noun

Cape Bon a peninsula of NE Tunisia
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Word Origin and History for bon

bon


French, literally "good" (adj.), from Latin bonus "good" (see bene-). It has crossed the Channel in phrases such as bon apétit (1860), literally "good appetite;" bon-ton (1744) "good style;" bon mot.

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