bonne femme

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adjectiveFrench Cooking.
  1. prepared in simple style, as in a cream sauce containing mushrooms: fillet of sole bonne femme.

Origin of bonne femme

First recorded in 1815–25, bonne femme is from French à la bonne femme literally, “in the manner of a good housewife”

Words Nearby bonne femme Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bonne femme in a sentence

  • Eh bien, bonne femme, vous autres que dites vous de l'Empereur?

  • Local tradition reports that she dwelt with a good housewife ('chez une bonne femme').

    Joan of Arc | Ronald Sutherland Gower
  • She must be very strong with her prayers, ma bonne femme, for every time I have come safe home—eh, madame?

    The Span o' Life | William McLennan
  • I am bourgeoise, I am bonne femme—that is what you really mean, Jim.

    Scarlet and Hyssop | E. F. Benson
  • With emotion Napoleon replied simply: "bonne femme: bonne Josephine elle m'aimeit vraiment."

    Royal Palaces and Parks of France | Milburg Francisco Mansfield