bon mot

[bon moh; French bawn moh]

noun, plural bons mots [bon mohz; French bawn moh] /ˈbɒn ˈmoʊz; French bɔ̃ ˈmoʊ/.

a witty remark or comment; clever saying; witticism.

Origin of bon mot

1725–35; < French: literally, good word; see boon2, motto
Can be confusedbon mot mot juste
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bon mot

noun plural bons mots (bɔ̃ mo)

a clever and fitting remark

Word Origin for bon mot

French, literally: good word
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Word Origin and History for bon mot
n.

1735, French, "good saying, " literally "good word," from bon "good" + mot (12c.), from Vulgar Latin muttum, from Latin muttire "to mutter, mumble, murmur" (see mutter).

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