bon mot

[ bon-moh; French bawn-moh ]
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noun,plural bons mots [bon-mohz; French bawn-moh]. /ˈbɒn ˈmoʊz; French bɔ̃ ˈmoʊ/.
  1. a witty remark or comment; clever saying; witticism.

Origin of bon mot

1725–35; <French: literally, good word; see boon2, motto

Words that may be confused with bon mot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bon mot in a sentence

  • A talented cartoonist, distinguished practical joker, and recognized as one of the kings of bon mot, he led a free and easy life.

    Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
  • A joke, a banter, a bon-mot, make more impression upon the man of the world than all the grave notions of his religion.

  • A bon-mot of one of the Townsends is recorded, on his taking his seat.

  • The bon mot I was about to utter apropos of an opera I had never heard has left my mind entirely.

    Bizarre | Lawton Mackall
  • He also tells of an instance in parliament, and of a rather brilliant bon mot spoken upon that occasion.

    1601 | Mark Twain

British Dictionary definitions for bon mot

bon mot

/ (French bɔ̃ mo) /

nounplural bons mots (bɔ̃ mo)
  1. a clever and fitting remark

Origin of bon mot

French, literally: good word

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