mot juste

[ moh zhyst ]
/ moʊ ˈʒüst /

noun, plural mots justes [moh zhyst] /moʊ ˈʒüst/. French.

the exact, appropriate word.

Can be confused

bon mot mot juste
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British Dictionary definitions for mot juste

mot juste

/ French (mo ʒyst) /

noun plural mots justes (mo ʒyst)

the appropriate word or expression
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