[bon-uh-mee, bon-uh-mee; French baw-naw-mee]


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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

"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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