[French ahn-bawn-pwan]


excessive plumpness; stoutness.

Origin of embonpoint

From French, dating back to 1655–65, literally, in good condition
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plumpness or stoutness


plump; stout

Word Origin for embonpoint

C18: from phrase en bon point in good condition
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Word Origin and History for embonpoint

"plumpness," 1751, from French embonpoint (16c.), from Old French en bon point, literally "in good condition."

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