bon mot

[ bon moh; French bawn moh ]
/ ˈbɒn ˈmoʊ; French bɔ̃ ˈmoʊ /

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 confused

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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