noun, plural bonnes [bawn] /bɔn/. French.

a maid-servant.
a child's nurse.

Origin of bonne

literally, good (feminine)

à la bonne heure

[a la baw nœr]French.


at the right moment.


well and good; just right; excellent.

Origin of à la bonne heure

literally, at the good hour Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bonne

Contemporary Examples of bonne

Historical Examples of bonne

  • The French Canadians often contract "bonne" and "bon" in this way.

  • The three left the cafe together, followed by cries of "Bonne chance."

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • The three left the caf together, followed by cries of "Bonne chance."

    The Point Of Honor

    Joseph Conrad

  • Dr. Ridley was dismissed from the see of London, and Bonne introduced.

  • Above all things, let her remember to be a good Englishwoman (bonne Anglaise).

    The Reign of Mary Tudor

    W. Llewelyn Williams.

British Dictionary definitions for bonne



a housemaid or female servant

Word Origin for bonne

C18: from feminine of bon good
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