noun, plural bons mots [bon mohz; French bawn moh] /ˈbɒn ˈmoʊz; French bɔ̃ ˈmoʊ/.
Can be confusedbon mot mot juste
Examples from the Web for bon mot
Those who held him were disarmed, the bon-mot flew through the croud, and the Abbe escaped while they were applauding it.
The bon-mot of Talleyrand is going the round: 'It is really time that Russian czars changed their manner of dying.'The Green Book|Mr Jkai
A joke, a banter, a bon-mot, make more impression upon the man of the world than all the grave notions of his religion.Superstition In All Ages (1732)|Jean Meslier
There is recorded a bon-mot of Sir Thomas on the birth of his son.
Macrobius tells us that Cicero, by the happiness of a bon-mot, brought the accused off safely, though he was manifestly guilty.Life of Cicero|Anthony Trollope