bonhomie

[ bon-uh-mee, bon-uh-mee; French baw-naw-mee ]
/ ˌbɒn əˈmi, ˈbɒn əˌmi; French bɔ nɔˈmi /

noun

frank and simple good-heartedness; a good-natured manner; friendliness; geniality.

Nearby words

  1. bonheur,
  2. bonheur, rosa,
  3. bonheur-du-jour,
  4. bonhoeffer,
  5. bonhoeffer, dietrich,
  6. bonhomme richard,
  7. bonhomous,
  8. boniface,
  9. boniface i,
  10. boniface ii

Origin of bonhomie

1795–1805; < French, equivalent to bonhomme good-natured man (see boon2, Homo) + -ie -y3

Related formsbon·ho·mous [bon-uh-muh s] /ˈbɒn ə məs/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for bonhomie

bonhomie

/ (ˈbɒnəmiː, French bɔnɔmi) /

noun

exuberant friendliness

Word Origin for bonhomie

C18: from French, from bonhomme good-humoured fellow, from bon good + homme man

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Word Origin and History for bonhomie

bonhomie

n.

"good nature," 1803, from French bonhomie "good nature, easy temper," from bonhomme "good man" (with unusual loss of -m-), from bon "good" (see bon) + homme "man," from Latin homo (see homunculus).

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