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embonpoint

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noun em·bon·point \äⁿ-bōⁿ-ˈpwaⁿ\

Definition of embonpoint

  1. :  plumpness of person :  stoutness



Examples of embonpoint in a sentence

  1. <clothes for women who may be inclined to embonpoint but who still want to look stylish>



Did You Know?

Embonpoint is most often used to describe people of heavy, but not unattractive, girth. It derives from "en bon point," a phrase from Middle French that means "in good condition." The word was first used as a noun in English in the 17th century. It has subsequently appeared in works by Charlotte Brontë ("a form decidedly inclined to embonpoint" - Shirley), James Fenimore Cooper ("an embonpoint that was just sufficient to distinguish her from most of her companions" - Home as Found), and George Eliot ("as erect in her comely embonpoint as a statue of Ceres" - Adam Bede), among others.

Origin and Etymology of embonpoint

French, from Middle French, from en bon point in good condition


First Known Use: 1670


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