plural noun
\ ˌbāz(ə)ˈmaⁿ, ˌbez- \

Definition of baise-mains

: respects, compliments greeted the owners with curtsies and baise-mains— Natacha Stewart

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First Known Use of baise-mains

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for baise-mains

French, from baiser to kiss (from Old French baisier, from Latin basiare) + mains, plural of main hand, from Latin manus

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“Baise-mains.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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