[ 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
First recorded in 1810–20; from French; bon-bon “candy” (in French baby-talk) + -ière noun suffix; see -ary
Words nearby bonbonnière
bona vacantia, Bonaventura, bonaventure, bonavist, bonbon, bonbonnière, bonce, bond, bondable, bondage, bonded
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How to use bonbonnière in a sentence
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