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[bon-bon; French bawn-bawn]
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noun, plural bon·bons [bon-bonz; French bawn-bawn] /ˈbɒnˌbɒnz; French bɔ̃ˈbɔ̃/.
  1. a fondant, fruit, or nut center dipped in fondant or chocolate; a chocolate.
  2. a piece of confectionery; candy.
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Origin of bonbon

1790–1800; < French: literally, good-good; a repetitive compound, orig. nursery word
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  • If you ask it for pain-killer it will not give you a bonbon.

  • A set of Shakespeare from the Leonard twins, a bonbon dish from Vera.

    Tabitha at Ivy Hall

    Ruth Alberta Brown

  • Capt. Wainwright had been toying with a tin whistle which he had pulled from a bonbon.

    With the Battle Fleet

    Franklin Matthews

  • "Now I think we may go back," said Hildegarde, after her third bonbon.

    Hildegarde's Home

    Laura E. Richards

  • The bonbon dishes and all the glasses were of Venetian and Bohemian glass.

British Dictionary definitions for bonbon


  1. a sweet
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Word Origin

C19: from French, originally a children's word from bon good
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Word Origin and History for bonbon


1796, from French bonbon (17c.), childish reduplication of bon "good." Hence, bonbonniere (1818) "a box for sweets."

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