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bon mot

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

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bon mot

bon mot , mot juste
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British Dictionary definitions for bon mot

bon mot
/ (French bɔ̃ mo) /

noun plural bons mots (bɔ̃ mo)
a clever and fitting remark

Word Origin for bon mot

French, literally: good word
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