[ bon-buh-neer, -nyair; French bawn-baw-nyer ]
/ ˌbɒn bəˈnɪər, -ˈnyɛər; French bɔ̃ bɔˈnyɛr /
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noun, plural bon·bon·nières [bon-buh-neerz, -nyairz; French bawn-baw-nyer]. /ˌbɒn bəˈnɪərz, -ˈnyɛərz; French bɔ̃ bɔˈnyɛr/.

a person or store that makes or sells candies.
a box or dish for candies.



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Origin of bonbonnière

Borrowed into English from French around 1810–20
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  • She commonly brought a beautiful agate bonbonniere full of gold pieces, when she played.

    The Newcomes|William Makepeace Thackeray
  • I can remember when many ladies—most ladies, carried a box—nay, two boxes—tabatiere, and bonbonniere.

    Roundabout Papers|William Makepeace Thackeray
  • It was a little shining bonbonniere, and rising she threw it straight at Katy.

    What Katy Did Next|Susan Coolidge
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