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Monday, September 26, 2016

Definitions for bon mot

  1. a witty remark or comment; clever saying; witticism.

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Citations for bon mot
He was an extrovert and a character, again like his mother, with a knack for tossing off the perfect bon mot. Once at a dinner party, he told his seat mate, "We are all worms. But I do believe that I am a glow-worm." Craig Shirley, December 1941: 31 Days That Changed America and Saved the World, 2011
You need not hurry when the object is only to prevent my saying a bon-mot, for there is not the least wit in my nature. I am a very matter of fact, plain spoken being, and may blunder on the borders of a repartee for half an hour together without striking it out. Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, 1814
Origin of bon mot
Bon mot is a borrowing from French, translating literally as "good word." The term entered English in the mid-1700s.