• bonhomie
  • audio pronunciation
  • \bah-nuh-MEE\
  • DEFINITION

noun

: good-natured easy friendliness
  • EXAMPLES

Kayla was worried that she wouldn't get along with her new roommates, but their bonhomie quickly put her at ease.

"The discussions today were tinged by a history of difficult exchanges between Netanyahu and Obama. For all the supposed bonhomie of their first encounter at the airport, they have clashed on details and symbolism." — From an article by Massimo Calabresi at time.com, September 30, 2013

  • DID YOU KNOW?

English speakers borrowed "bonhomie" from the French, where the word was created from "bonhomme," which means "good-natured man" and is itself a composite of two other French words: "bon," meaning "good," and "homme," meaning "man." That French compound traces to two Latin terms, "bonus" (meaning "good") and "homo" (meaning either "man" or "human being"). English speakers have warmly embraced "bonhomie" and its meaning, but we have also anglicized the pronunciation in a way that may make native French speakers cringe. (We hope they will be good-natured about it!)

Test Your Memory: What is the meaning of "pastiche," our Word of the Day from October 8? The answer is …

  • MORE WORDS OF THE DAY

Visit our archives to see previous selections ยป

  • FEATURED ITEM FROM OUR STORE
  • PODCAST

Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP

  • SUBSCRIBE

Subscribe to the Word of the Day e-mail

Manage Your Account